Panera Bread is Coming to Menifee

Menifee residents will have a new dining choice later this year with the opening of a Panera Bread ...

panera bread menifeeMenifee residents will have a new dining choice later this year with the opening of a Panera Bread bakery-cafe in Countryside Marketplace.

Mayor John Denver made the announcement this week at the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce mixer at Menifee Lakes Country Club. Panera Bread's arrival represents the city's continued efforts to attract more dining establishments to Menifee.

Panera Bread's bakery-cafe will be built on a vacant lot adjacent to the In-N-Out near the traffic circle in the Marketplace on Haun Road. Construction has not yet begun. Target date for the opening is 12 months, said Carmen Cave, community development director for the City of Menifee.

"The building plans still have to be processed," said Cave, "but there's no reason to tell them no. Their plans fit within the current specific plan for that property."

Cave said Panera Bread submitted a minor plot plan, which requires only administrative approval. It does not have to be approved by the city council or planning commission.

Panera Bread, established in 1981, has more than 1,500 locations in 40 states. According to the company website, Panera freshly bakes more bread daily than any bakery-cafe concept in the country. Its menu includes made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and soup served in bread bowls.

Panera Bread offers two different menus. The bakery menu offers freshly baked breads, bagels, baked egg soufflés and pastries and sweets. The cafe menu includes sandwiches, soups, hand-tossed salads, beverages and a special children's menu.

The company also offers a catering menu featuring a wide variety of meals, including hot breakfasts, sandwiches, pastries and cookies.

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