Panera Bread Newport, located at 49 Long Wharf Mall, announces that it will be holding a ribbon cutting and dedication of its newly installed Mother Bread Bike Rack as well as a Preview Party Dinner served for a $10 donation all of which will go directly to benefit Bike Newport and its bike friendly initiatives on Tuesday, June 21st from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The dedication of the bike rack is to long-time customer and cycling enthusiast Art Weekley who lost his life in a bike accident in 2014.  Attendees are encouraged to join in both the dedication and dinner celebration. To register, please visit

“Like Bike Newport, Panera Newport is an advocate for a cleaner, safer and more enjoyable community,” said Danielle Natale, General Manager, Panera Bread Newport.  “The installation of our Mother Bread Bike Rack shows our biker friendly commitment to the local area and encourages our customers and associates to head to Panera on two wheels instead of four.”  Natale added that she encourages everyone to come to the Preview Party Dinner on the 21st and enjoy a delicious meal which will include either a sandwich, a salad or You Pick Two and a self serve drink all for a good cause.

Bike Newport, located at 29 Spring Street, is a non profit organization which aims to improve, encourage and facilitate bicycling in and around Newport for the health and well-being of area youth and families and as a viable and enjoyable method of transportation for residents and visitors.  For more information, please call 401-619-4900 or visit or Facebook at

Howley Bread Group, LTD of Lincoln, Rhode Island, a franchisee of Panera Bread, owns and operates a total of 28 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut. In 2015, Panera/Howley Bread Group’s cafes collectively donated over $5,700,000 in food and funds to a variety of community charities, including The Bridge Family Center in West Hartford, Connecticut; Children’s Friend, Providence, Rhode Island; Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer; Feeding America through local partners including Foodshare, the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center and Rhode Island Community Food Bank; B’s Mobility Ride for Muscular Dystrophy and Ryan’s Hope for a Cure Charitable Foundation.  Additionally, gift card and food donations are made to local non-profit organizations through Panera/Howley Bread Group’s donations department and End-of-Day baked goods are donated to more than 80 churches and shelters across the franchisee’s bakery-cafe network.

For more information and to register for the Panera Newport’s Bike Rack Dedication and Preview Party Dinner to Benefit Bike Newport, please visit Those interested can also contact the bakery-cafe, located at 49 Long Wharf Mall in Newport, at 401-324-6800.  Please share the event via social media by visiting

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