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Who says there’s no free lunch?

December 30, 2010

I was just reading about Panera Bread’s newest ‘pay what you can’ restaurant. The concept is really cool: customers who have money pay the suggested price for their food and if they have a little extra money they can make a donation, and customers who don’t have enough money pay what they can and get a meal. Everyone eats.

There are currently two ‘pay what you can’ Panera nonprofit restaurants and they’re self-sustaining so the program works. Plans are in the works to open a third restaurant soon.

The store’s motto is “Take what you need, leave your fair share.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were hundreds of businesses like this nationwide?

Hat’s off to Panera for working to kick hunger’s ass. Find a Panera Bread location near you here.

Make this your theme song for a day.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. u2bme permalink
    December 30, 2010 9:24 pm

    Cool! Your own web site! Congrats!

    I like the article about Panera.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      December 31, 2010 8:03 am

      Mr. U2! Hello!! Just a blog, not a website. Thank you for reading and commenting!


  2. December 30, 2010 10:28 pm

    Sounds like a great idea if it works.


    Just don’t eat their pre-made tuna salad. I ended up in the ER after eating one.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      December 31, 2010 8:04 am

      I had their tuna sandwich once years ago and it was really watery to the point where you bit into it and all the tuna plopped out the other said. I wound up eating just the bread and the potato chips and now I’m glad I did!


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