July 30, 2018
The Philadelphia area is about to get some experimental love from Panera next month when the fast casual chain debuts a limited-time, double bread bowl.
"The double bread bowl – one loaf, two cut outs – will be available from August 5 to August 31 and is available upon request in café and through delivery," the company said. "Ideal for sharing with your BFF, significant other, or even a co-worker, the double bread bowl can include any two of Panera’s signature soups or Mac & Cheese."
If the Philly area test run is successful, the double bread bowl has the the potential to become a nationwide menu item.
Customers placing their order from delivery.panerabread.com will need to add an unsliced sourdough loaf to their cart and then type “make the sourdough a double bread bowl” in the special instructions. Customers can then choose two cups of soups or Mac & Cheese.
Panera's menu recently debuted Baja mac & cheese — topped with avocado, pico de gallo, and cilantro — and a self-explanatory bacon mac & cheese, both of which are valid options for the double bread bowl trial run.
"We are excited to test the double bread bowl in the Philadelphia market for a limited time and hear feedback from our Philadelphia customers!" the company continued. "Philadelphia was the right place to test this product both operationally and because we know we have a lot of great Panera fans in the market."
The double bread bowl will be available at 32 locations in the Philadelphia area from Aug.5-31.