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Au Bon Pain Coming to Foster & California

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Au Bon Pain restaurant coming to Foster and California

Restaurant will be housed in Swedish Covenant Hospital’s new Foster Medical Pavilion

Au Bon Pain part of Swedish Covenant expansion. Credit: Flickr/7July

A new Au Bon Pain restaurant will be located at the northeast corner of Foster and California avenues, on the first floor of Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Foster Medical Pavilion currently under construction. The restaurant is scheduled to open in August 2012.

Au Bon Pain, a national café bakery chain that got its start in 1978, provides flavorful and healthful foods across a wide range of categories. It has locations across the country, including more than 40 sites in hospitals. The location at Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Foster Medical Pavilion will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“We are pleased to be able to provide our community, as well as our employees, patients and visitors with a convenient, healthy food option,” said Mark Newton, President and CEO of Swedish Covenant Hospital. “We welcome the local community to frequent this new dining option.”

Au Bon Pain’s marketplace design invites guests to make personal selections from the fresh baked goods section, the coffee and tea station, and the sandwich and salad station where guests can get made-to-order selections like the grilled chicken avocado sandwich or create their own salad. The company also touts an extensive soup line, including classic broccoli cheddar and clam chowder and new creations like 12 veggie and roasted eggplant.

Additionally, the restaurant provides convenient on-site nutritional information via computer kiosks, so before you even order you know each option’s calories, fat and sodium.

“It’s a great way to empower our customers,” said President and CEO Sue Morelli. “We pride ourselves on providing distinctively delicious fresh foods that you can’t get anywhere else. We recognize how time-constrained employees and guests at the Foster Medical Pavilion are and so we want to make it as easy as possible for them to eat well, even if it is on the run. Our guests can get their sandwiches or salads made-to-order or they can grab freshly-prepared selections from our refrigerated cases.

In addition to the restaurant, the eight-story Foster Medical Pavilion will house an outpatient surgery center and physician offices for more than 40 specialties, including orthopedics, pediatrics, neurology, thoracic, podiatry, pain management and urology. The building will also have five levels of parking space to accommodate patients and visitors, and the ground level retail space will include a public pharmacy and optical office.

The new surgery center is being created in response to an increase in the hospital’s surgical volumes as the hospital has invested in new technologies and programs — such as the acquisition of the latest generation da Vinci Si HD robotic technology and the launch of the Chicago Back Institute which specializes in minimally invasive spine procedures.

The Foster Medical Pavilion will provide the community with convenient access to high-quality care for a full range of advanced medical services.

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  • Anonymous

    I think that would be a great addition to that area, and a real handy choice for staff and visitors.

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