By Niesha Lofing
Panera Bread is opening its first West Coast drive-thru in Citrus Heights and is celebrating by offering free samples Monday.
The Sunrise Marketplace location doesn't officially open until 6 a.m. Tuesday, but the bakery-cafe is hosting the sneak peak from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday.
Free tastes seasonal treats, including steak chili with cornbread, peppermint hot chocolate and mint crinkle cookies, will be passed out during the drive-thru event, a company news release states.
The location at 7901 Greenback Lane is the 100th Panera Bread to open in California and the first drive-thru to open on the West Coast.
The menu features an array of paninis, salads, soups, bread, bagels, pastries, smoothies and the restaurant also is equipped with free WiFi for customers, the release states.