New construction plans for a Panera in Dupont Circle make it look like DC will have a suburban sandwich/coffee shop turf war spilling into its confines late this summer. That's right, Cosi, Panera is coming to the District. The plans call for interior build out of an existing store front, currently occupied by Lawsons Gourmet, at 1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW, directly next to Cosi.
According to Tobias Washington, a Building Manager for landlord PNGS Management Company, Panera will take over occupancy on June 1st. Construction and build out should take 90 days. Plans call for a space with over 100 seats inside and 35 outside. This will be Panera's first store inside the District.
Panera is seeking a local general contractor to perform the build out of the 5,088-square-foot restaurant to include a dining area, kitchen, service counters, storage space, and restrooms. The bid for the $250,000 project went out on April 13th and are due May 12th.
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