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New Panera location says pay what you want



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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Panera Bread Co. is asking customers at a new restaurant to pay what they want.

The national bakery and restaurant chain's charitable foundation has opened the nonprofit store in suburban St. Louis. It doesn't have prices for its menu items, just suggested donations.

The new store is the first of what will Panera hopes will be many around the country.

The store will be operated by Panera's nonprofit charitable foundation.

The idea has been tried on a smaller scale by community kitchens that let people pay what they wish to subsidize meals of lower-income customers. But Panera's experiment could be the biggest of its kind of if the new venture works as planned, with nonprofit locations around the country.

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