Panera is Here

So after an agonizing few months, Tuesday marked the first day that the Grand Forks Panera was open for business.

To be honest, I don’t really understand the enthusiasm, so that’s why I’m asking you: Did you check out Panera yet? Will you be a regular? What’s good, what’s bad, what are you looking forward to trying?

Leave me a comment.

Grand Forks ‘Panera’ Location Opening October 8

While Fargoans have just had their Panera Bread hankerings quenched with the opening of the first North Dakota location, Grand Forks fans will have to wait a bit longer.

I just heard from a local marketing coordinator for Panera that the Grand Forks location will open on October 8 at 6 a.m.

So get ready.

The store at the former Taco Bell location on 32nd Ave. S. right in front of Wal-Mart has a drive-thru, so getting your fix will be even faster.

 Check out the full menu here

Late Fall Opening Expected for GF ‘Panera’

If you’ve driven on 32nd Ave. S. in Grand Forks lately, you likely have seen the big metal skeleton of a building being erected where Taco Bell once stood. In just a few months, it’ll be home to a new Panera Bread location.

Panera Bread

A Regional Marketing Manager for Panera tells me that they’re aiming for a late fall 2013 opening for the new store.

Also of note, it will have a drive-thru.

Stay tuned for further updates on the expected opening date.

Click here to study up on the menu. 

An Ode to Taco Bell

We gather here today to mourn the loss of a great friend.

A friend to some of us more than others. A friend to those of us who, with stomachs rumbling and aching at 1:55 a.m., were sustained by its cheesy gordita crunches or endless hard-shell tacos. Or the chicken burritos, the nachos, the crunchwraps supreme or the Mexican pizzas.

The Taco Bell on 32nd Ave. was laid to rest, at least in our hearts, where it will forever stand tall, even though its Earthly body is no more. All that remains on that hollowed piece of soil north of the Wal-Mart now are tiny remnants: A capped gas line, a weathered parking spot or maybe a long-discarded hot sauce packet.

But nay! Ye shall not mourn long. For soon a newcomer will shine its fluorescent lights bright again! A Panera will come and fill the void that the Bell has left. We all may miss those late night binges of yore, but our sorrows will be placated by bread bowls and healthy salads.

The winter of our discontent has started. But friends, summer and its doughy joys is near.