Paul (French Bakery-Cafe) Is Opening in Boston
It looks like a chain of French bakeries and cafes is going to be opening a location in downtown Boston.
The Boston Business Journal is reporting that Paul is planning to open in the spot at One Boston Place where the Irish pub Four Green Fields had been until closing in August of 2012. The article mentions that the bakery-cafe will have 6,000 square feet of space and it will also have an outdoor patio. It appears that the Boston location of Paul will offer bread, soups, sandwiches, crepes, pastries, coffee, and more, based on menus at other locations. Expect to see the place opening sometime in the summer of 2014.
More locations of Paul are coming to the area over the coming years, with the BBJ mentioning that shops in Burlington, Natick, Somerville, and another Boston location may be opening at some point. (The article says that up to seven stores could be open in and around Boston by 2016.)
[March 26, 2015 update: Nearly 1 1/2 years after first reporting on it, the Boston location of Paul has still not opened, but Eater Boston says it is finally planning to open early this spring. (Note: The Burlington, Natick, and Somerville locations of Paul have already opened.)]
[May 6, 2015 update: According to a press release, the new location of Paul in downtown Boston will have its grand opening on Monday, May 11, with the space including seating for 112 and a private terrace.]
[May 7, 2015 update: A Twitter post from @DTownBostonBID indicates that there will be a ribbon cutting tonight for the new location of Paul in downtown Boston, though as mentioned earlier, the grand opening will be May 11.]
Paul first started out in France in 1889 and now has almost 500 locations in a number of countries. Locations of the chain in the United States can currently be found in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Florida.
The address for this upcoming bakery-cafe in downtown Boston is: Paul, 201 Washington Street (One Boston Place), Boston, MA, 02108. The website for the chain is at http://www.paul-usa.com/
Thanks to the Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog for bringing this to our attention.
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