Panera Bread, the popular bakery-cafe, will open its first location in downtown Hartford early next spring — a boost to the city’s retail and restaurant scene.
A long-term lease for 4,600 square feet has been signed at State House Square on street level facing Main Street.
Panera joins other restaurants at State House Square, including Morton’s Steakhouse, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Mooyah Burgers. The Panera will be the 15th location in Connecticut.
“This reaffirms/is further evidence of the great momentum occuring throughout this revitalized, expanding part of the city,” said Dovy Fruchthander, vice president of FBE Limited, a partner in the ownership of State House Square.
Shawn McMahon, executive vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle in Hartford, represented the building’s owner. Panera was represented by Harmon Lewis of National Commercial Brokers Inc.