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Panera Hoping For Late Summer Or Early Fall Bethesda Opening

by Aaron Kraut — May 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm 329 4 Comments

7201 Wisconsin Ave., site of a future Panera Bread, via Google MapsPanera Bread, the uber-popular bakery and cafe quick casual restaurant, is targeting a later summer or early fall opening in downtown Bethesda, in the vacant space formerly of bd’s Mongolian Grill.

Jenny Hurley, marketing manager with the franchisee company of Panera Bread restaurants in Maryland, said Panera has been exploring a downtown Bethesda location for years.

“We feel like this provides ample parking, there is a lot over there,” Hurley said. “It will definitely be an attribute to the people who are working out there.”

The location, at 7201 Wisconsin Ave., is across the street from Parking Lot 24, a metered lot along Willow Lane.

Bethesda Magazine first reported that Panera would be taking over the space. The Minnesota-based bd’s Mongolian Grill closed last August. Panera had 1,652 locations as of December 2012 and there are locations in Friendship Heights, Upper NW D.C. and Rockville, but none with a Bethesda address.

Photo via Google Maps

  • rorojo

    Panera is my one of my favorite mall foods. Now can we take out the decorative art thing out front with the prisms hot glue gunned on?

  • lisalon

    Panera is not good, and there are so many chain restaurants in Bethesda already. How about something new that’s not corporate? How about shaking things up just a little?

  • MechanicalTurk

    I am actually surprised it has taken this long for Panera to make it to Bethesda. Can’t wait to add it to my lunch routine.

  • Gfocker

    I am excited to have a panera bread. Their hazelnut coffee is delicious.

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