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Panera Bread Bakery Cafe Coming to Downtown LA Financial District

A new Panera Bread is coming to 7th and Figueroa in Downtown LA

One of the biggest complaints from residents who live in Downtown LA, including myself, has been the lack of options when it comes to good casual affordable eateries that you would find, and take for granted, in established full-service communities like Pasadena or Glendale. Not everything should be a fancy multi-million dollar restaurant with a celebrity chef helming the kitchen if our goal is to make downtown an actual livable place for residents instead of just for visitors seeking novelty. That’s why I’m happy to report that popular bakery chain Panera Bread (casual, good, and affordable) is coming to Downtown LA.

St. Louis-based Panera Bread has signed a lease at 660 S Figueroa, a 24-story office building located at 7th and Figueroa in the heart of Downtown LA’s bustling Financial District directly across the exciting Wilshire Grand Tower under construction. A fantastic location that will obviously generate a huge breakfast and lunch crowd for Panera, which serves up a variety of paninis, sandwiches, soups, pastries and fresh baked breads.

Panera Bread will take over 4,600 square feet of space that was once part of an HSBC bank branch that relocated to Brookfield’s Ernst and Young Plaza across the street. Initial demo work has begun on the new eatery, which will have a front entrance facing the Figueroa side of the building. We’re looking at an opening in late 2015.

Panera Bread will add to a small, but growing number of much-needed casual affordable eateries to Downtown LA's dining options

Panera Bread will add to a small, but growing number of much-needed casual affordable eateries to Downtown LA’s dining options

7 Comments

  1. JDRCRASHER says

    I’m glad they’re placing this in the Financial District rather than in the Historic Core, Fashion District, or even the Arts District.

    God forbid major chains like Panera and Starbucks sterilizing DTLA by putting all the little cafes in the area out of business…

    • corner soul says

      Luckily there’s no shortage of empty space to be filled nearby… I think it’ll probably level out somewhat over time with a decent mix of chains, boutiques and bargain shops.

    • aardvark says

      From 5th and Flower you are literally a five minute walk to 6 different starbucks. It’s already sterilized, but I still wouldn’t touch anything.

  2. Michael says

    hmm, i never really thought about the lack of quick eats. A downtown In n out would be sweet. I hope more casual diners follow the trend.

  3. James says

    Lol a Panera Bread? DTLA is in a sad state if this is news.

  4. Sam says

    yeah, James. It is news. Really good news. Hopefully weekend hours for residents.

  5. Boris says

    As far as chains go, Panera is not bad. The food is fresh and high quality. This location makes sense for them; it is right by all the office workers and next to the subway stop. I doubt it would work for them to be in the Historic Core or Little Tokyo. But I don’t think downtown is all that short on casual and affordable food, so there ought to be room for everyone.

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