For many of us who have been eagerly awaiting a new place to grab food downtown, good news, Panera Bread has opened at the corner of 11th and Myrtle.

The development of that property, with the new parking garage, soon-to-open Hilton Garden Inn, and coming office building, provides a great location for a quick bite during the day.

The new Panera is open for both dining inside the restaurant or using the drive through, and offers their full menu.  Construction on the complete outdoor area is being finished up now, though their patio is already serving customers as well.

As downtown has continued to expand around JUMP! and the new Simplot World Headquarters, it makes sense to have new dining options.  I know for many of us, Panera is a great addition to the neighborhood.