General manager Lupe Barraza is pretty proud of the renovations that were done at in the Studio City store—and her name is right there on the front door.
“I love Studio City, it’s a great bunch of people,” Barraza said. “And sure, the people in Studio City are tough, they expect the best. It’s challenging.”
Challenging indeed when your clientele not only includes well-known photographers who chase stars, but also the stars they chase. Regulars at . are , and Melanie Griffith.
“They are all very nice and very polite, they don’t ask for any special treatment,” said Barraza, who has worked at the Studio City shop for four years. “And we love all our customers.”
Panera has been at the Ventura Blvd. location for about seven years, and hasn’t been remodeled for at least five years. The new renovation includes a large back patio area, a larger roomier interior to sit and eat, a new front counter area and an outdoor counter area. The renovations cost $200,000.
Other managers such as Julie Vesper and district managers came to launch the new look this week. Marisol Espinoza from Wendy Greuel’s office brought a city proclamation for the new store re-launch. The General Manager from Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, as well as a representative from The Bagel Brigade (Operation End Doughnation partner for hunger relief) and members of the Kiwanis Club.
Panera caters and offers a menu with 0 grams artificial trans fat per serving and they are aware of many food allergies and can accommodate people with any of them.
The reopening of the bakery café included a wheel spin for special prizes.
“It’s a great honor to be here,” Barraza added.