Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Update: Panera on Union Street by Boston's Faneuil Hall Has Closed; West Roxbury Location Closes As Well

[Ed note: This article was updated on January 12, 2016 to reflect new information given.]

A location of a chain of bakery-cafes that took over the space where a popular Irish pub had once been is no longer in business, while another within the Boston city limits has also closed

According to a Twitter post from Universal Hub, Panera on Union Street near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston is shuttered, with a check on the Panera site seeming to confirm this (it is no longer listed in the locations section). The cafe opened last year, moving into the spot where The Purple Shamrock was for more than 30 years until closing in 2012.

UH also mentions that the West Roxbury location of Panera has shut down as well.

The website for Panera can be found at

[January 12, 2016 update: The Boston Business Journal reports that with the closing of the Union Street and West Roxbury outlets of Panera, only three company-owned shops remain in all of Massachusetts (the rest are franchise-owned). In addition, Panera CFO Mike Bufano notes during a second-quarter earnings conference call that "the Boston market, as a whole, was well below our system average."]

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]