Panera Bread abruptly closed its Harvard Square location on February 29, leaving students hungry for soup-and-sandwich combos and unsure over the reason for the closure, according to the Harvard Crimson.
The 1288 Massachusetts Ave. location opened in 2012 and apparently announced the shutdown in a typed note on the door that read: "This Panera cafe is permanently closed as of Monday, 2/29. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused you."
Some people shared their disappointment on Twitter:
What is wrong with Harvard square? Finale and Yenching closed and now Panera Bread?! We all can't afford Grafton Street.— Bernadette Lim (@bernielim) March 1, 2016
@FinnTheF @panerabread Exactly! What is Harvard Square without Panera!?— Silvano D'Agostino (@Silvano_D) March 1, 2016
One student told the Crimson he was "horrified," another said it was "a bummer," and a third questioned how she would possibly get macaroni in a bread bowl now.
Perhaps these students can soothe their woes at the next closest Panera Bread, 1.2 miles away in Porter Square.
Update: Tatte Bakery and Cafe will be taking over the Panera location.