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Public Square bakery up for sale amid slow business climate

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For the past 11 years, the owner of Europe Cakes has carefully created wedding cakes for patrons’ special day, Christmas cookies at the holidays and muffins and pastries all year round.

But Monica Atanasova has put the business on Public Square up for sale after she was offered and accepted a job with the culinary program at BOCES.

It was a job she could not pass up, she said.

“I’ve started my 12th year. I’ve made a lot of friends,” she said. “I think it’s a bittersweet decision.”

It’s the second longtime Public Square business making news in recent days. Owner Jamie Danielson will be closing Spokes on the Square at the end of the year.

Atanasova started her new job in November. Working full time at BOCES, she’s cut her bakery’s hours to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. She has two employees.

Some of the other businesses on Public Square also are in flux.

Joseph Wessner, president of the Watertown Downtown Business Association, said he’s heard some Public Square businesses are going through rough times.

Businesses in the Paddock Arcade “are doing okay,” but others in other parts of the Square are not, he said.

“I just think it’s getting harder,” he said.

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Panera Bread proposes move to former TGI Fridays location

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WATERTOWN — Panera Bread plans to move a few hundred feet from its existing location to the former TGI Fridays restaurant.

The Missouri-based restaurant chain wants to update the former TGI Fridays location on Arsenal Street so it can have a drive-up window, COR Development representative Catherine K. Johnson said Monday.

COR Development, Syracuse, owns the sprawling Watertown Center retail complex on Route 3. Target is one of its anchors.

She and Andrew M. Hart, landscape architect with Bergmann Associates, made a presentation about the project to the planning board on Monday.

The building would have the familiar brown brick, green and beige color schemes that other Paneras are known for, Mr. Hart said.

“It’s going to have a new, nicer, brighter look and look nicer for the building,” she said.

But it’s the drive-up window that’s prompting the move, she said. Panera cannot develop that amenity in its present location in a storefront along a strip mall portion of the retail plaza, she said.

COR is working on doing the same thing for a Panera in Fayetteville Center in Syracuse, she said.

“Paneras are very popular,” Planning Board Co-chair Tom Boxberger said.

The drive-up window would be on the building’s north side. Two vehicle lanes within the site would accommodate the drive-up window.

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