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New Panera Bread restaurant to open Thursday in Boise

Panera Bread at 3421 N. Eagle Road in Meridian. The chain also has a location at 16839 N. Marketplace Blvd. in Nampa, and will open another Thurday in Boise.
Panera Bread at 3421 N. Eagle Road in Meridian. The chain also has a location at 16839 N. Marketplace Blvd. in Nampa, and will open another Thurday in Boise. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Panera Bread finally made it to Boise.

After opening last year in Nampa then following with a restaurant in Meridian, a third Panera is scheduled to open Thursday at 8401 W. Franklin Road in Boise, the intersection of Franklin Road and Milwaukee Street.

Panera Bread sells baked items, paninis, sandwiches, flatbread, pastas, soups and salads. Boise’s fast-casual bakery-cafe includes a drive-thru and “Panera 2.0” features, meaning conveniences such as kiosk ordering and a quick, dedicated pick-up area for to-go orders.

The first 100 patrons Thursday get a free “you pick two” for a year. The first 600 guests registering for “MyPanera” get a travel coffee cup.

Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Online: PaneraBread.com.

Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds

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