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Report: Panera Bread will return to Reston with cafe at Halley Rise

Construction is underway on another block of Halley Rise in Reston (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Panera Bread, a national bakery-cafe, is reportedly opening up a new location in Reston.

According to a report by The Burn, the restaurant has signed a lease for space in Halley Rise, the mixed-use development at the intersection of Reston Parkway and Sunrise Valley Drive near the Reston Town Center Metro station.

Panera Bread will take up a 3,500-square-foot corner spot near Wegmans, which opened last year at 11950 Hopper Street.

The company did not immediately return a comment request on when it plans to open up shop.

Panera Bread closed in Reston Town Center in 2019 at 1825 Discovery Street. At the time, the business announced it planned to reopen in Reston at a later point, but right now, its closest locations are in Herndon on Elden Street and at Worldgate Centre.

The cafe sells sandwiches, bakery items, pasta, soups, pizzas and other items.

Developed by Brookfield Properties, Halley Rise took over a 36-acre office park near the Metro station with plans for 3.5 million square feet of housing, retail, offices and open spaces. In addition to Wegman’s, completed elements include The Edmund apartments and an urban farm.

A pair of apartment towers called The Arbor at Halley Rise has been under construction since July 2022 and is expected to open in 2025. Panera will be on the ground floor of that complex, according to The Burn.

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