A new Panera Bread location is opening next week in Missoula. Currently, Montana has two Panera Bread locations. One in Billings, and one is Kalispell. After the new location opens next week in Missoula, there will be three locations in Montana.

If you've never been to Panera Bread, they specialize in delicious sandwiches, soups, muffins, and more. All of their bread is baked fresh daily, and bread bowls are available for those that prefer their soup in one.

Panera bread is a great place for comfort food. It isn't too expensive, and the food is always made with fresh ingredients. The creamy tomato soup at Panera Bread is perfect for a cold winter day in Montana.

Here's the description on the Panera Bread website:

We believe that good food brings out the best in all of us. Food that not only tastes good, but leaves you feeling good too. At Panera, we invite you to experience freshly prepared, wholesome meals in a warm and welcoming environment, served by people who care. To us, this is what good eating is all about and why we love what we do.

So, what about Bozeman? If Panera Bread has a location in every larger city in Montana, it would be safe to assume that Bozeman is next, right? Unfortunately, there hasn't been any official announcement. Panera Bread seems to keep information about new locations fairly secret. We've reached out for more information, and were directed to the Panera Bread website for more information on locations.

The Gallatin Valley Mall will soon be renovated. We've already learned that Whole Foods Market will be a part of the renovation, but additional details have been pretty scarce. Could Panera Bread be a part of the renovation? It would be a great fit, and with the rate that Bozeman is growing, it would make sense.

When the Panera Bread location opened in Kalispell in 2018, it was announced the six other locations are planned for Montana. All signs are pointing to Bozeman, but we may have to wait awhile.

For now, we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed, and be patient. In the meantime, we'll just have to head to Billings, Missoula, or Kalispell.