The Panera on Nassau Street is one of the first businesses in Princeton to close permanently during the pandemic.
Several Panera locations across the country have closed permanently during the coronavirus outbreak. The company appears to have chosen to close locations that are near their other stores but are not performing as well. The Panera eateries in Plainsboro and West Windsor will remain open, and Princeton customers can still get Panera delivered from those locations.
Planet Princeton reached out to Panera and the local franchise contact early this week for comment on why the Princeton Panera was closed down, but as of Friday we have not received a response.
The Panera on Nassau Street was a popular meetup spot for community members and students for many years that offered lots of seating, and casual, inexpensive breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and soups.
After restaurants were closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Panera chain quickly pivoted to offer delivery and curbside pickup. The company also began selling a limited selection of groceries at some locations.