The Panera on Spring Street shut Monday - right in the middle of the day.
Last night, workers removed the ovens. The large Panera sign on the front is gone, although the menus over where the cash registers used to be remain illuminated.
An employee said this morning workers had known for awhile plans were in the works to shut the location, because it had never done the business of other Paneras in the area, but that the sudden closing - managers ordering everybody to start shutting things down midday on Monday was a surprise. He said the chain is trying to get workers jobs at other Panera locations, such as the ones in Dedham and Chestnut Hill.
The move comes after a franchisee bought Boston-area Paneras from the company. In September, Nation's Restaurant News reported the sale was part of an effort to increase profits in the Boston area, which the company said was "well below" the company's profit expectations.
The Spring Street location opened in 2010.