A Panera Bread will open a franchise at Southside Mall in Oneonta, the mall’s manager confirmed Friday night.

Luisa Montanti, general manager of the mall, said the restaurant-bakery probably will open sometime around mid-September. Construction in Southside’s parking lot has already begun on the standalone building.

The restaurant, which will be about 46,000 square feet, will have a drive-through window and a patio for dining, she said.

Missouri-based Panera operates or franchises about 1,500 restaurant-bakeries in 40 states. It was one of the first restaurant chains to post nutritional information about its food, and most of its locations have free wi-fi service.

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