Panera Bread will not be coming to the University of Kentucky after all.
Last year, UK officials announced with great fanfare that the boutique bakery and sandwich chain would take up residence at The 90, a new $32 million on-campus dining facility financed by UK's new business partner, Aramark.
At the time, UK said it would be the first on-campus Panera in the nation, but company officials have since said the chain has restaurants on two other campuses.
Last month, Panera decided not to join UK's new dining landscape.
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Company officials said they have two new bakery-cafes opening soon near UK, in addition to four existing restaurants in Lexington.
The company also plans to open a Panera Bread-Delco at the Park Plaza downtown this summer, which will offer delivery and carry out of small orders.
Eric Monday, UK executive vice president of administration, said in a campus-wide email that the university was "disappointed" by the decision, and "despite the best efforts of UK and Aramark in recent days, we were unable to convince Panera Bread to move forward with the on-campus location."
The 90 — located on the corner of Woodland and Hilltop Avenues — will still have Taco Bell, Aqua Sushi and Ovid's Cafe. Monday also asked students to fill out a survey telling officials their favorite option to replace Panera.
The 90 is due to open in August. It's part of a 15-year, $245 million contract between UK and Aramark, in which the international food services company will pay for $70 million in new construction and $5 million for a new food institute in return for taking over UK's dining services.