EUREKA, Mo. ( -- A Eureka St. Louis Bread Co. became a saving grace for several drivers who were stuck in traffic on I-44 Friday night. 

The restaurant became a shelter to many drivers. 

Jeanann Tornetto is the Panera assistant manager for the Eureka location. She told News 4 she stayed open through the night despite corporate telling her to close early Friday night. 

"I just couldn't turn people away," Tornetto said. "It just did not seem right in any way."

People eventually started calling her the 'Mayor of Panera Town.'

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