Abbott Northwestern health kick includes Panera Bread in former McDonald's spot

[Star Tribune, February 16, 2018] More than a year after a push for healthier food closed the doors at a McDonald's on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital campus, the medical center in Minneapolis is on the verge of welcoming Panera Bread.

The St. Louis-based restaurant chain is scheduled to open a bakery/cafe by month's end, with a menu that includes a few modifications such as no sugared beverages, no fried foods and reduced portion sizes on some bakery items.

Panera will occupy virtually the same 6,100-square-foot space used by McDonald's, although it's been completely renovated, hospital officials said Friday in a statement to the Star Tribune. Read the full story at

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