By Mark Robinson
Clay Terrace in Carmel will see a change in bakery establishments in 2015. Paradise Bakery & Café is closing before the end of this year, with Corner Bakery Café expected to open what is believed to be its first Indiana location in the same place in the spring.
Paradise is owned by Panera Bread Co. A manager at the Paradise location in Clay Terrace confirmed that its last day of operation is Dec. 30, but referred questions about why the location is closing to Panera headquarters in St. Louis.
Amanda Cardosi, a spokesperson for Panera Bread, said of the closing of Paradise:
“For years, the Paradise Bakery & Cafe at Clay Terrace Mall has been privileged to serve and feel the support of the Carmel community. With the expiration of our lease, we have decided to close this bakery-cafe on Dec. 30. We will continue serving customers at our four other Indianapolis locations and hope to provide new opportunities for all associates and managers who wish to continue with our company.”
Corner Bakery Café is expected to open at 14550 Clay Terrace Blvd. in the spring, according to Laura Forbes, whose agency is a representative working with the Clay Terrace property. Corner Bakery is based in Dallas and has more than 150 locations nationwide, according to its website, with most located in Texas, Illinois and California. None are listed in Indiana.
Corner Bakery offers breakfast “scrambles” and paninis, sandwiches, soups, pastas and salads for lunch and dinner, and desserts, specializing in fresh-baked breads and desserts.