Ready your soup, salad and sandwich urges – the Panera Bread off N.C. 127 will reopen Friday.
“Structurally the building has been completed, with fresh new paint throughout the entire restaurant. I know electrical was one of the main issues after the accident and that has been completed as well,” said Danielle Farmer, regional marketing manager for Panera Bread.
The Viewmont location shut down June 18 after a Mazda sedan traveled from Viewmont Car Wash, across 10th Avenue NE, through steel railing and into the side of the Panera location. The impact damaged some exterior electrical panels and parts of the interior, rendering the restaurant inoperable and leaving behind a $20,000 repair bill.
The driver – 77-year-old Evelyn Terry – was taken to the hospital for a chin injury and cited for the accident. No one else was hurt.
Nearly a month later, Farmer said the café will be prepared to serve Viewmont on Friday.
“We thank everyone for their patience as this was an unforeseen accident but are eager to open our doors this Friday and serve the community,” Farmer said.