Panera To Open Wednesday In Bethesda

Panera Bread opening Wednesday on Wisconsin Avenue Panera Bread will open Wednesday on Wisconsin Avenue

Panera Bread’s first downtown Bethesda location will open Wednesday morning.

The bakery and fast casual cafe will open at 6 a.m. at 7201 Wisconsin Ave., the former spot of bd’s Mongolian Grill.

Lemek LLC, the franchisee company of Panera Bread restaurants in Maryland, had been looking for a location in downtown Bethesda for years, according to its marketing rep. There are locations in Friendship Heights, Upper NW D.C. and Rockville, but none with a Bethesda address.

The company is hoping to take advantage of nearby Parking Lot 24, a metered lot along Willow Lane.

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