Panera Bread opened its newest Boston location this morning at the corner of Tremont and Stuart streets in the Theater District.
The new bakery/café occupies a storefront that had sat vacant since a 7-Eleven store moved to another location in the same block. It will offer intimate seating areas with comfortable chairs and a fireplace, as well as free wireless Internet access, according to a release from Panera Bread. It will serve breakfast, lunch, and snacks and will also offer a full catering menu. It will employ 52 people.
“It is an honor to open our doors to this community and to share our signature Panera warmth,” said Gregg Godfrey, joint venture area director for the company, in the release. “We look forward to providing the many business professionals, families and students in the neighborhood fresh and wholesome food choices, paired with the convenient service their busy schedules demand.”
Panera Bread donates all unsold baked goods to local hunger-relief agencies at the end of its day, and it collects and matches cash donations from customers to support local charities. In the Boston area, the donations go to Children’s Hospital Boston, which last year received $161,000 from the chain.
The Stuart Street location will be open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.