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Panera Drive-Thru Nears Completion on Ogden Avenue

A manager at the Downers Grove restaurant said the drive-thru lane could be open as early as Monday.

Customers at Panera Bread in Downers Grove will soon be able to order their sandwiches and soups from the comfort of their cars.

Panera, 160 Ogden Ave., is expected to open its drive-thru window next week—possibly Monday, according to restaurant employees.

The opening comes after several weeks of construction on the drive-thru lane, a 9-inch barrier curb for safety, and upgrades to the restaurant's bathrooms and food preparation areas.

The expansion of the Downers Grove Panera is one of 50 planned by the company this year. At the end of 2011, there were 119 locations with drive-thru lanes, according to FastCasual.com.

Panera Bread was established 31 years ago in St. Louis, MO. As of June 2012, the company owns more than 1,500 franchise-operated bakery-cafes in 41 states and in Ontario, Canada.

The restaurant specializes in bakery items, such as breads and pastries, but also carries a wide variety of sandwiches, soups and salads.

For more information, visit www.panerabread.com.

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