Panera Cares Cafe opens in Boston. People are only required to pay, by donation, what they can afford.


The Panera Bread Foundation said its Panera Cares cafe in Boston is now officially open.

recent Globe story described how this cafe differs from most others in a chain of more than 1,600 restaurants: “There is no cash register at the Panera cafe near Government Center in Boston. There are no prices either — just suggested donations and bins to leave money, if you can afford to.”

At the cafe at 3 Center Plaza, the idea is to provide a place where everyone can eat with dignity, regardless of their ability to pay.

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