Panera Bread: Our Neighbor
Brad Boden | Contributing Writer
355 Northwest 4th St. Corvallis, OR 97330
Monday- Friday 6 a.m.-9p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
catering, café, bakery
Sandwiches and Paninis $5.79- $8.79
Café Soups $4.69- $6.99
Salads $4.99- $8.59
“Panera Kids” Menu $1.59- $4.99
Hot/Cold Beverages $ Ranges
The true symbol of warmth and welcome is Panera Bread.
The days with empty Hollywood Video parking lots are over. Sitting on the corner of Northwest 4th Street and Northwest Harrison Boulevard in downtown Corvallis, Panera Bread has moved in.
Panera Bread was established in St. Louis, MO in 1981. The company prospered in cities along the East coast of the U.S. and internationally before moving west. The bakery-café chain, that has been well received in the west, has set up shop in Corvallis.
“The town is amazing. We felt very invited and I feel like this is going to be a good fit,” general manager, Jake Dutoit, said.
When you walk through the doors you won’t want to leave. It is beautiful on the inside and out. The restaurant seats about 100 people. Seating is separated into three sections. The cozy coffee shop feeling is at the front of the café with a fireplace and warm lighting. The middle gives the café a restaurant feel with booth style seating and brighter lights. Again, at the back of the café is more dim lighting and smaller tables for the casual customer.
The comforting blue and tan colors give the establishment an inviting, neighborhood feel. The cultured marble and shiny laminate tabletops add to the individual vibe of each section of the café.
Panera Bread’s art speaks the loudest. The art represents the establishment and the community. There are photos that show bakers preparing bread and around them are neighbors purchasing bread or riding away with it on their bikes. Though the canvases are split, it is one photo continued on each canvas to form a story. The story is about the relationship between business and community and how we form a neighborhood.“If you don’t want to dine in, but you still want quality food, in a quality environment; this is the place,” Dutoit remarked.
The bakery-café’s motto is “a loaf of bread in every arm.” However, Panera Bread sells much more than bread. Some of the main items also include soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Panera Bread freshly bakes more bread each day than any bakery-café concept in the country. The bakery-café uses the art and craft of bread making to help the customers appreciate and enjoy a great loaf of bread. Panera Bread understands that good bread makes for better tasting meals.
Panera Bread is more than willing to accommodate your needs. The fast and friendly staff gives the customer the choice of vegan, glutting-free and low-fat menu items. Panera Bread is also MSG-free. The only product that contains MSG is their Greek Salad Dressing.“It is a very comfortable and welcoming environment. The food is healthy and also delicious,” customer, Hailey Brant said.
The menu is huge with hundreds of options to choose from. Every Panera Bread menu item is made using fresh, high-quality meats, cheeses and vegetables. Panera Bread offers free Wi-Fi, a seated area next to a fireplace, and a clean establishment. The service is friendly and amazingly fast. Prices are fair for the quality of the food. Become part of the neighborhood; visit Panera Bread.
“We are neighbors, we are friends, we are family,” Dutoit said.