Corner Bakery Café has signed a franchise agreement to open its first restaurants in Nassau County and Long Island N.Y., in 2013. Earlier this year, Corner Bakery Café announced similar expansion plans in the Northeast, including Northern New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Four M Bakery LLC, a group of veteran restaurant operators, which also owns 12 Buffalo Wild Wings through Four M Capital LLC, has plans to open seven Corner Bakery Cafés in Nassau County.

"Corner Bakery Cafe is an ideal brand for growth in this segment of the fast casual industry and we're excited about the opportunity to bring it to Long Island," said James Bitzonis, president of Four M Bakery. "Nassau County has strong neighborhood appeal and we're confident that everything from the locally-inspired décor to the freshly-prepared menu will make our cafes a welcome addition in Long Island."

With several locations expected to open in the next 24 to 36 months, Corner Bakery Café is currently reviewing sites for its first restaurants in Nassau.

"Nassau County is the perfect market in which to continue our expansion into the Northeast," said Jonathan Benjamin, VP of franchise sales for Corner Bakery Café. "Neighborhoods are an important part of the Long Island community and we are confident that our cafes will quickly become a local favorite in Nassau."

This is the seventh new development agreement, totaling 88 new restaurants that Corner Bakery Café has awarded this year. Overall, 23 agreements have been signed representing more than 286 new restaurants. Corner Bakery Café plans to double its footprint in the U.S. over the next four years through franchise and company-owned cafes.

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