Panera Bread Sets Opening Date For Downtown Hartford Cafe

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Panera Bread will open its downtown Hartford cafe May 13 at 10 State House Square, its owner and operator said this morning.

The Hartford location will be open Monday through Friday, from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The owner and operator of the Panera, Howley Bread Group, is considering opening on the weekends in the future, a spokesman told me.

The week before the opening, Panera will host six “Preview Parties” to mark the opening and raise funds for six Hartford charities: The Hartford Public School’s PROMISE College Access & Scholarship Program; Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Hands on Hartford; Charities of Hope; Travelers Championship Charities; and Hartford Hospital Partnership for Breast Care.

For a donation of $10 per person at the door, invited guests will be served a full breakfast or lunch. The donations will benefit the charities. For more information, visit and click on “contact us.”

On Friday, May 17, starting at 8 a.m., the first 500 customers will receive a free Panera travel mug and a voucher for free coffee refills for the next 30 days at the State House Square location.

The State House Square cafe is the 26th owned and operated by the Howley in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Other Paneras operated by Howley in Connecticut are in Bristol, Canton, Enfield, Glastonbury, Groton, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Lisbon, two sites in Manchester, Newington, Waterford, West Hartford and Wethersfield.





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5 thoughts on “Panera Bread Sets Opening Date For Downtown Hartford Cafe

  1. R Lee

    Is this a news item?
    Is Hartford so poor that a fast food bread and coffee restaurant merits a news item?
    I adjusted my bike chain on Main St yesterday so maybe that will merit some coverage also.

    1. mc

      I kind of agree, but they do the same thing in Stamford. Plus, a business moving into Hartford really is big news since it happens so rarely, even if it is just a chain restaurant.

  2. Hartford?

    I’m glad to see more businesses move into Hartford but the hours of operation further the larger issue….nothing is open on weekends. I understand that there might not be demand right now but what about the people who do currently live downtown? Why only open to 6pm on weekdays? I am going to guess that people don’t all leave at 6?? It’s a start but hopefully it will change its hours if the UConn campus moves closer…

    1. J L

      You’re right that people do not all leave at 6. The restaurants that do stay open later (e.g., Feng, Pietro’s, East Coast Dog, Subway, and Burger King) are rewarded for it. Perhaps Panera will follow the path of the downtown CVS, which originally had only workday hours, and then in response to demand stayed open later on weeknights as well as on Saturdays.

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