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Panera Bread makes blockbuster move

One of Elmwood’s longstanding eyesores is finally being disassembled to make way for a new Panera Bread to open. Between the mega sign pole, the blank parking lot and the garish blue bubble awning, Blockbuster’s absence is a welcome change in scenery. In coming months, Panera Bread will be adding some landscaping to the street-side of the parking lot, removing the giant blue sign pole and will begin work on the interior of the building. 

The exterior of the building already looks better than it did when Blockbuster was open. The window configuration looks like it will remain mostly the same, with added window visibility in the back along the parking lot. Individual awnings are to be placed above each window along with gooseneck lighting, and the signage goes up top, as shown, above the roofline.
Update:
– The windows on the Elmwood-facing side of the building do open to the sidewalk. They’re called Nanowalls, and people will be able to walk in and out of those windows into the cafe.
 
– There are plans for outdoor dining; this requires permit approval from the City.
Panera Bread is slated to open on Elmwood this coming July.
Panera-Bread-Buffalo-NY-1-go-3.jpgView from Elmwood
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View from parking lot

Written by queenseyes

queenseyes

Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

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