First there was British/Japanese import Wagamama. Now Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Boston area is in line to get three Vapiano "casual French fresh" restaurants.
Hmm, what about Blimpie, which is slowly circling Boston? It's from westa Worcester, so it's sorta foreign, too.
The first time someone goes there and doesn't like the food, it will become "Vapidano". Good luck erasing that meme.
Hi, I'm the writer of the original article. It should have said "casual fresh," not "casual French." The cuisine is mostly Italian, actually.
I heard today that the Au Bon Pain on Brattle St. is closing... Wonder if it'll become a Vapiano?
Never understood why Au Bon Pain kept that place open so long after taking it over (it was formerly Warburton's, an independent local bakery). It's only a block from the real Au Bon Pain next to the T station.
With that authentic artisanal Au Bon Pain je ne sais quois? :-).
...is that they all seem to have a copy of this print:
Complete with matting that says "Willy Ronis."
(Wikipedia tells me this was the actual name of a photographer who was known for pictures of Paris, but it sounds like a euphemism for some boy's giant baguette to me.)
Was Pepe, who gave us a popular pizza topping.
Or is it a Sears Au Bon Pain?
Hmmm ... no foolin'!
Or at least the one at Berkeley and Boylston does (or still did the last time I went in a few months ago). Several people I know independently concluded the odor inside is comparable to hot vomit. It's even worse in the winter when the heat is going.
I don't know how a place selling such delicious things could smell so bad.
Turns out it was not an 'independent local bakery' at all, but rather the Harvard Square location of a small Chicago-based chain that au bon pain bought in 1992.