Two new restaurants to open in New Bern

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - Two popular chain restaurants, Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill, will soon be coming to New Bern.

According to New Bern City planner Kevin Robinson, they are planning to move into the corner of the parking lot in front of Books-A-Million.

"New Bern's on the map now," Robinson said.

Chipotle and Panera Bread will be side by side at the location off of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Panera Bread will be almost twice the size of Chipotle, as building plans show it's 4,300 square feet compared to Chipotle's 2,300 feet, Robinson said.

No one was able to be reached Thursday for comments, but building permits have been approved as the city has been working with restaurant representatives for months now.

Panera Bread, headquartered in Sunset Hills, Missouri, is a chain of bakery-cafe restaurants in the United States and Canada that specialize in sandwiches, bagels, muffins, pasta, soups, salads and artisan breads.

According to the Panera Bread corporate headquarter's website, the chain has 1,500 locations in 41 states and Canada. The closest Panera Bread to New Bern is in Morehead City.

Chipotle, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, specializes in made-to-order burritos and tacos and is a chain of restaurants throughout the United States and internationally.

According to Chipotle's corporate headquarter's website, the restaurant is now in more than 1,300 locations in 43 states and has international restaurant locations in Ontario, London and Paris. The closest Chipotle to New Bern is in Wilmington.

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