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Sat Mar 30, 2013, 06:42 AM

Panera pay-what-you-want chili introduced in St. Louis stores

Panera is mostly known for its bread bowls, but the café chain is making another name for itself in the arena of hunger awareness.

On Wednesday, the St. Louis-based company introduced a ‘pay-what-you-want’ turkey chili entree on its menus in the 48 locations in its hometown, where it operates as “St. Louis Bread Co.”

Dubbed “The Meal of Shared Responsibility,” the chili comes in a bread bowl and is served with chips, a baguette, or an apple on the side. Suggested retail price is $5.98, but customers can pay more, or less, or even nothing. The idea, as with other pay-what-you-can models, is that those ponying up more cash will pick up the tab for those who can’t afford to pay full price, or anything.

The launch puts a corporate face on the idea of community cafés and the gift economy, which heretofore has been the domain of smaller, locally run organizations.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2013/0327/Panera-pay-what-you-want-chili-introduced-in-St.-Louis-stores?nav=91-csm_category-topStories

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Sherman A1 Mar 2013 OP
Egalitarian Thug Mar 2013 #1
pintobean Mar 2013 #2
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2013 #3
marmar Mar 2013 #4
elehhhhna Mar 2013 #5
Liberal_in_LA Mar 2013 #6
Apophis Mar 2013 #7
nadinbrzezinski Mar 2013 #8

Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 06:52 AM

1. K&R. Very cool.

 

Honestly, I've never been a fan of their food as I find it bland and over-priced, but this is going to make me stop in at least occasionally.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 07:11 AM

2. Very cool

 

I love "Breadco's" turkey chili.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:05 PM

3. That's...splutter, splutter....Socialism!!!!!!

Can hardly wait for Faux heads to explode........
and esp. for Rinse Plurbis or whatever his name is, to stutter out some comment.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:07 PM

4. The Panera on Diversey near Clark in Chicago has been that way for a while.

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Response to marmar (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:46 PM

5. ohhhhhhhh I used to live @ 559 W Surf

 

long,long ago. Top floor. Great apartment!!!

LOVED that neighborhood

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:47 PM

6. great idea

 

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:37 PM

7. I really like this idea.

 

Good on Panera.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:58 PM

8. I would kick in some quid

 

Mind you, not order for myself...food allergy

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