A Panera Bread sandwich and chips. 

If you want a Frontega Chicken Panini or a bowl of creamy tomato soup at the Westroads, well, you're out of luck. 

The Panera Bread location at the mall is closed. Jim Sadler, spokesperson for the Westroads, said Panera is building a free-standing location over the hill from Westroads, near the Costco at 123rd Street and West Dodge Road. The restaurant's voicemail said the location is permanently gone.

Sadler said the chain spot, known for coffee, baked goods and fast-casual lunch items, wasn't affected by the Flagship Restaurant Group food hall, or other mall food competition. 

"They wanted to have a drive-thru," he said. The new Panera is set to open early this spring.

Sadler said the mall is working to get another restaurant in the space, which is near Von Maur, but couldn't release more information yet. 

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This year was fresh, full of new faces, novel collaborations and even veteran artists doing exciting things.

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Journalists at the Omaha World-Herald chose the O'Neill raid and its aftermath as the Top Story of the Year for 2018. In all, Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained 133 suspected unauthorized immigrants and arrested 17 people connected to an alleged conspiracy to exploit illegal labor.

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