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Chili's Moving into West Acres, Panera Bread to Chili's Location

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West Acres Mall will give customers what they've been craving when bakery-café concept of Panera Bread opens their first North Dakota location on the Mall's property this spring. In addition, in-mall dining will be spiced-up with the relocation of Chili's to the space previously occupied by Grizzly's.

Panera Bread will begin construction this spring on the stand-alone location currently occupied by Chili's. The restaurant will feature their full menu including made-to-order sandwiches, tossed-to-order salads, baked goods and soup served in bread bowls. The fast-casual concept will have indoor and outdoor seating along with the options of takeout as well as a drive-thru option.

Chili's will relocate into the space that was previously occupied by Grizzly's inside of West Acres. The restaurant will be Chili's brand new design. The sit-down-casual, southwest restaurant will offer both indoor and outdoor seating options along with a full-bar.

Panera Bread is slated to open early fall 2013 and Chili's is scheduled to open in early-summer. Updates on the construction and grand opening of each restaurant will be posted on West Acres Facebook Page.

 ORGINAL STORY:

Wednesday morning, West Acres Mall announced a new restaurant. Construction on Panera Bread will to start this spring and it is slated open by early fall.

The location within the mall is not being announced yet, but Marketing Director Alissa Sorum says Panera will not be in the food court, and West Acres will announce specific plans next week.

Last year, customers were asked to request their favorite restaurant when the food court had a vacant spot, and Sorum says Panera was one of the top requests.

Qdoba was chosen by shoppers to fill that vacant spot, but Sorum says since then, Panera Bread was the top requested restaurant on the West Acres Facebook page and that played a role in bringing the restaurant to the mall.

The West Acres location will feature sandwiches, salads, baked goods and soup served in bread bowls.

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