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Want a foot massage with your turkey-artichoke panini?

By pbekesy
Friday, January 19th, 2007 at 4:50 pm in General, Hayward.

The line was 14-people deep and customers were reading their menus like it was in Sanskrit today at the newly opened Panera Bread restaurant near Southland Mall.

The restaurant is the second in a trio of chain restaurants opening near the mall. Elephant Bar opened just over two weeks ago and a Mimi’s Cafe is on the way this spring.

You might be wondering what’s next. The Cheesecake Factory? Nope, but how about some foot massages? According to Hayward’s planning department, a business calling itself the Far East Rehabilitation Center wants to open up a foot-massage parlor in a fairly remote area inside the mall, down the hall from the food court. Public comments on the massage parlor plans are due to the city by Jan. 26, and it’s likely to go to the Hayward Planning Commission a short time later.

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