NEW BRITAIN - Elizabeth Rodriguez, the manager of the McDonald’s restaurant on Martin Luther King Drive, was recognized last week with an Outstanding Restaurant Manager Award, one of only 15 awarded in Connecticut and western Massachusetts. The award is presented to managers who “display outstanding performance in leadership, commitment to customers and dedication to running their restaurant to the highest quality,” according to company officials.
The award recognizes the top 10 percent of restaurant managers across the country.
Free drinks today at Panera
NEWINGTON - Panera Bread at 3120 Berlin Turnpike has reopened after a two-week hiatus for construction of a drive-thru window. Approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission last July, the drive-thru will be operational on April 15.
To “celebrate and reward customers’ patience during construction,” restaurant officials said they will be offering a free beverage with any purchase during normal business hours today.
“This is our way of thanking our loyal customers who practiced patience during our recent renovations and café closure,” said Wendy Kopp, director of marketing with Panera franchisee Howley Bread Group.
The free beverage offer is available only today at the Newington location and is limited to one per customer with a valid purchase.
Lobo, Stewart draw crowd
SIMSBURY - The executive director of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce said the March 3 appearance by New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart and Basketball Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo drew a record crowd.
Nearly 200 business professionals attended the ninth annual Business Leaders Breakfast, at which the two were featured speakers.
“(They) are both great role models and certainly commanded the attention of the room,” said Lisa Gray, executive director of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce.
Stewart, 29, is seeking a third term as mayor this November. Lobo came to prominence in 1995, when she led the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team to its first national championship.
The following year, she won a gold medal as the youngest member of the U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team, before embarking on a successful seven-year WNBA career.