Panera Bread to Open Thursday at GM RenCen


The fast-casual eatery Panera Bread on Thursday will open its first restaurant in Detroit in the General Motors Renaissance Center.

“Whether you’re looking for a dinner, lunch, or a bagel in the morning, the new bakery-cafe will be a great dining destination for the thousands of people who work in and visit the GM RenCen every day,” says Claudia Killeen, manager of Renaissance Center development at GM.

Killeen says the 4,400-square-foot restaurant, to be located on Level A of the GM Wintergarden, will offer 70 seats. Panera Bread’s menu includes a variety of pastries, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, soups, salads, paninis, sandwiches, and pasta. Offerings include Bistro French Onion soup, a barbecue chicken salad, macaroni and cheese, a steak and white cheddar Panini, a roasted turkey and avocado BLT, and a tomato and mozzarella sandwich, among other dishes.

The Panera at the RenCen will also include Panera 2.0, a series of integrated technologies including customized ordering, mobile payment, fast-lane kiosks for dine-in and to-go diners, advanced ordering, and a quick pick-up option for to-go meals.

Other restaurants at the GM RenCen include Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, Coach Insignia, Granite City Food & Brewery, and Joe Muer Seafood.

Panera Bread, founded in 1981, has nearly 2,000 bakery/cafes in 46 states and in Ontario, Canada.