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Panera Bread (or another restaurant) is coming to Downtown Boise

Panera Bread at 3421 N. Eagle Road in Meridian. The chain also has a location at 16839 N. Marketplace Blvd. in Nampa and 8401 W. Franklin Road 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 8401 W. Franklin Road in Boise. Darin Oswald/Statesman file

Very likely it will be a new Panera Bread. Or maybe it won’t. But expect to see a new fresh, casual restaurant at 1150 W. Myrtle St. next year.

Developer Gardner Company is in discussions with the fast-casual bakery-cafe chain for a 5,000-square-foot location — part of the 5-acre, $65 million, hotel-office-parking garage zone known as the Pioneer Crossing development in Downtown Boise.

If Panera doesn’t take the space, another similarly styled restaurant will likely go there, says David Wali, executive vice-president for Gardner Co.

“There’s no deal done yet,” he explains. “Panera could be there in the spring of 2018. But if they decide they don’t want to be there, someone else would want that configuration.

“Panera is interested in the market, so we’ve designed a building that can go there.”

The restaurant space — complete with drive-thru, outdoor patio seating and pedestrian plaza — is outlined in paperwork filed with the city of Boise. Gardner Co.’s application will be heard by the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission on June 5.

Panera Bread sells baked goods, paninis, sandwiches, flatbread, pastas, soups and salads. Earlier this spring, the company said that there were 2,042 bakery-cafes in 46 states and Canada operating under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. or Paradise Bakery & Cafe names. Those include three in the Treasure Valley. Panera debuted in Nampa in 2015, followed up with a Meridian restaurant, then opened a Boise location at 8401 W. Franklin Road last December.

Keep counting — and add Downtown Boise?

“I think a Panera will be very well-received if we can put them there,” Wali said.

Online: panerabread.com.

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