The Bread Line: Adams Street Panera Opens For Business

The Panera Bread sandwich chain opened for business today, March 12, in its new Downtown Brooklyn location at 345 Adams Street, steps from the Brooklyn Marriott.

Two more restaurants are destined to join Panera on Adams Street in what is being deemed a mini “Restaurant Row”: Sugar and Plumm, a combination restaurant, ice cream parlor and chocolate retailer; and American BBQ and Beer Co. Construction on both restaurants, located side by side, began this month.

Panera currently has about 1,400 locations nationwide. Its first in New York opened last spring at 330 Seventh Ave. between West 29th and 30th streets in the Fashion Institute of Technology neighborhood.

(Photo: Chuck Taylor)

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  • Mark

    Hip Hip Hooray!! Hip Hip Hooray!

  • Bongo

    The cookie-cutter mall-ification continues. Panera really is tasteless muck.

  • Mark

    Bongo, I would happily take a Panera over most other things in the Fulton Mall area, or the local diners. Much better than the Burger King, Wendy’s, and former White Castle that are its neighbors.

  • maestro

    American BBQ and Beer Co. sounds sturdy.

  • She’s Crafty

    I’m personally a little thrilled about these new places. ANYTHING to upscale Fulton Mall works for me.

  • Bongo

    @Mark. I know, the bar is certainly low. What a shame no one could follow Danny Meyer’s lead for a good quality, local invention. Although, I must say the Fulton Street Shake Shack seems appreciably less good than its Manhattan counterparts.

  • Monty

    @Bongo, Shake Shack is a chain, just like Panera.

  • x

    where is applebees or cheesecake factory?

  • Bongo

    @Monty. Shake Shack is on it’s way to becoming a chain after having been started in Madison Square Park by a NYC restaurateur. The difference between it and Panera is considerable.

  • Livingston

    Change is a good thing… so is having a little variety. As much as I enjoy Danny Meyer’s restaurant empire, I would not want that to be my only choice. (And btw, Bongo, Shake Shack is no Eleven Madison).

  • Bongo

    Of course Shack Shake is no Eleven Madison, and I agree that variety is good, but I’m sure you’ll agree that there is a great difference between a “chain” of about 12 restaurants, and one of over 1,400.

  • Livingston

    Bongo, you’ll probably disagree w/ me, but there is a place in the culinary spectrum for “chain” restaurants. I spent a couple of years living in Europe and travelled quite a bit. And as much as I enjoy a culinary adventure, there were some nights when I would head to the nearest McDonald’s. I knew exactly what was on the menu and what it would taste like — no surprises, and that was a good thing. (Except you can frequently get a glass of wine w/ your Big Mac).

    Anyway, as long as it tastes good (and is good value), I don’t care if it’s a mom & pop or a global enterprise. BTW, Shake Shack is now in Kuwait and Dubai, along w/ D.C., Miami, Saratoga, and Westport, CT. So they definitely have perfected the model and are actively replicating it — the very definition of a “chain.”