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FutureStarrA St Louis Bread Co
Straining again an assortment of small-batch doughs and levain, we hand shape and bake a range of sweet and savory loaves. From there, we layer on thin-sliced or artisan-style sandwich breads, or toast, grind and use it to make crackers. We’re cutting-edge, but we’re also old-school - like the days when a loaf of bread was shared between a group of friends, not just a meal.
In the 1980s, founder Ron Shaich merged his cookie store with a bakery, creating Au Bon Pain Co. Inc. Shortly thereafter, he and his late partner, Louis Kane, recognized the potential of transforming the company from a bakery selling croissants and bread to a bakery-cafe that used bread and croissants as a platform for selling upscale sandwiches. Au Bon Pain Co. Inc. became a publicly traded company in 1991 and opened hundreds of bakery-cafes, becoming a familiar fixture in cities along the East Coast and overseas.
www.panera.ca)After acquiring 19-unit Saint Louis Bread Company in 1993, Ron realized in the mid-1990s that a growing niche of people wanted something more than processed fast food. He saw they were hungry for an experience they respected: real food, served in an engaging environment by people with self-respect. In appealing to a guest’s self-esteem – a recognition that price, time and convenience were not the only currencies that mattered when people ate out – Ron created a new niche that would come to be called “fast casual” and forever alter the restaurant industry. Saint Louis Bread Company was renamed Panera to position it for national growth. (Source:
Panera offers a wide array of pastries and baked goods, such as bagels, brownies, cookies, croissants, muffins, and scones. These, along with Panera's artisan breads, are typically baked before dawn by an on-staff baker. Aside from the bakery section, Panera has a regular menu for dine-in or takeout including: flatbreads, panini, Panera Kids, pastas, salads, sandwiches, side choices, and soups, as well as coffee, espresso drinks, frozen drinks, fruit smoothies, hot chocolate, iced drinks, lattes, lemonade, and tea.
On April 2, 2018, Brian Krebs reported that the Panera Bread website had leaked between 7 million and 37 million customer records — including names, email and physical addresses, customer loyalty account numbers, birthdays, and the last four digits of the customers' credit card numbers — for at least eight months before the site was taken offline. Panera was notified privately about the vulnerability in August 2017 but failed to fix it until after it was disclosed publicly eight months later. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)