UNIVERSITY PARK -- Panera Bread is readying for its grand opening on Nov. 5 on Cattlemen Road.
The new Panera, 215 N. Cattlemen Road, will have the company's new table service program, outdoor seating, free WiFi and a private room. Panera is also one of the retailers and restaurants supporting the new Apple Pay service for iPhone 6 users to pay in lieu of a credit card.
Panera will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
"We are thrilled to open our newest bakery-cafe in Sarasota at UTC," said Michael Flewelling, operations partner for the local Panera Bread franchisee, Harmony Food Service. "Our concept has been embraced by many surrounding communities over the past 13 years, and we look forward to sharing our signature Panera warmth here at University Town Center."
The UTC Panera will also participate in the Day-End Dough-Nation and Panera Cares Community Breadbox programs. The Day-End Dough-Nation donates unsold bread and baked goods to help neighbors in need, while the Community Breadbox sits at the registers for cash donations to benefit All Faith's Food Bank.
For more information, call 941-556-5978.
Dunkin', Baskin combo opens in Manatee
MANATEE -- Dunkin' Donuts has opened its newest Manatee County location at 5259 30th St. E., just east of the Walmart Supercenter on U.S. 301 and State Road 70.
This Double D also features a Baskin-Robbins, which is the second such combo location in Manatee. The other Dunkin-Baskin is at 612 10th St. E., off of U.S. 301 in Palmetto. The new location also offers a drive-thru in addition to its dining room, accepts mobile payments and Dunkin' Donuts Rewards.
Dunkin' maintains 10 Manatee County locations, three of which are located inside Hess gas stations. Dunkin' also plans to add full-service shops in Ellenton and on University Parkway near Tuttle Avenue.
Hours at the newest location are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 941-243-3881.
Sirens to receive broadcasters award
Gayle Sierens from WFLA-TV is coming down to Bradenton on Nov. 14 to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Club of Florida. "We're honored that Gayle will be visiting our monthly luncheon," said Club President Ray Collins. "She's an icon of local television news, and we hope to give her a warm welcome to Manatee County, as well as a sincere send-off to retirement." The luncheon is open to the public at Sara
Bay Country Club. RSVP: 323-2363
Small mobile home park sold -- again
BRADENTON -- A small mobile home park that has been bought and sold more than a half-dozen times since 1985 has sold yet again, this time after being held by its last owner for just over a year.
Mermaid Manor, a 79-unit park located a block north of Cortez Road W. at 3720 14th Street W., sold for $2.1 million on Oct. 15. The buyer is Mermaid MHP, a company managed by Michael P. Hickman. According to state records, company's Hickman manages own numerous mobile home and RV parks in the Bradenton Sarasota area, including Fisherman's Cove Resort in Palmetto. One of the companies he manages sold the 130-unit Friendship Village in Sarasota last month.
The sale gives the seller, Mermaid Manor LLC, a return that is well above what it paid. According to Manatee County records, the company purchased Mermaid Manor in March 2013 for $1.2 million from a company controlled by Bofl Federal Bank in San Diego.
Bruce Ginsberg, a real estate agent with ReMax Platinum Realty in Sarasota, handled both sides of the transaction.
-- Herald staff reports