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Panera Bread restaurant under construction in the Union

Coming Soon: Panera!

Rensselaer Dining Services continuously looks for ways to expand and update its offerings. This summer, the kitchen inside the Student Union McNeil Room was completely gutted in preparation for bringing in a Panera Bread restaurant. Opening this fall, the facility will be a fully functioning Panera with the traditional Panera menu, including the full bakery lineup, with all breads and bakery items baked on-site, as well as soups and sandwiches. The location will be open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Panera has been one of the most successful restaurant companies in history. What started as one 400-square-foot cookie store in Boston has grown to a system with over 2,000 units, approximately $5 billion in systemwide sales, and over 100,000 associates.