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Panera Bread plans to open on Jefferson Street in Joliet

Panera Bread plans to fill the Jefferson Street restaurant vacated by Applebee’s last year.

The Joliet City Council on Tuesday is slated to vote on a drive-thru facility for a Panera Bread restaurant at 2400 W. Jefferson St.

Applebee’s closed at the location in June.

The building is part of the Menards-Walmart shopping center, which also includes a Starbucks. Panera will use the existing building for its restaurant, according to a staff memo on the agenda item.

It would be the third Joliet location for Panera Bread, which also has restaurants in the Louis Joliet Mall and in a shopping center at Route 59 and Caton Farm Road.

Other items on the agenda for Tuesday include votes on:

• The $3.7 million sales tax rebate package proposed for the CarMax dealership planned for the corner of Route 59 and Theodore Street.

• An increase in fees charged for ambulance services provided by the Joliet Fire Department to people who do not live in Joliet.

• A memorandum of understanding between Joliet and the state of Illinois for the future installation of traffic signals at Route 53 and Emerald Drive.

• A Tax Increment Financing District to provide incentives and support for redevelopment of the former Silver Cross Hospital campus.

• A liquor license to open Johnny’s, a sports bar with pool tables proposed for 1008 N. Hickory St.

• A liquor license for beer and wine sales at the K Ribs & BBQ restaurant located at 221 N. Chicago St.

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