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Panera Bread opens to bevy of hungry customers

8:40 PM, Aug. 1, 2013
A macaroni and cheese bread bowl from Panera Bread, which opened Thursday in Wausau.
A macaroni and cheese bread bowl from Panera Bread, which opened Thursday in Wausau.
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Wausau's newest restaurant opened Thursday to a constant stream of customers who've been waiting in anticipation to get their fill of bagels, sandwiches and pastries.

Panera Bread was on the list of desirable restaurants residents named in a Wausau survey the city conducted in May and June 2012. On Thursday, Wausau-area customers proved just how much they wanted the chain in their hometown.

"Today is just really exceeding our expectations," General Manager Steve Negrete said. "We haven't really even had a transition from breakfast to lunch or lunch to dinner. They've all blended one ...

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