Panera May Be Going into the Old Purple Shamrock Space in Boston
A chain of bakery-cafes may be opening a new shop in downtown Boston, and its location would be one that is familiar to more than a few folks.
The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog mentions that an "alteration permit" is in the windows of the space where The Purple Shamrock used to be, with a picture of the permit indicating that a "proposed Panera Bread Cafe" is in the works at the site. There were rumors about a Panera possibly coming to the Purple Shamrock space shortly after it closed in September of 2012, but nothing was confirmed until now.
[February 18, 2014 update: A Boston Licensing Board page indicates that Panera is indeed planning to open in the former Purple Shamrock space, as the chain has applied for a common victualler license to open at the site. (The hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 26.)]
The Purple Shamrock had been open on Union Street for more than 30 years.
The address for this proposed Panera is 1 Union Street, Boston, MA, 02108.