Au Bon Pain at the Blue Granite Cafe has opened.
The opening of the cafe at Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital marks the first restaurant for the bakery and café chain into Delaware.
The opening also represents the latest milestone in Christiana Care’s $210 million investment in the Wilmington Hospital Transformation Project.
“Our partnership with Au Bon Pain enables us to provide access to delicious and healthy new food options for our neighbors and employees,” said Ray Seigfried, senior vice president of administration at Christiana Care Health System. “This historic opening advances our commitment at Christiana Care to not only care for our neighbors when they are sick, but also to help them live healthy lifestyles when they are outside of our clinical care.”
Au Bon Pain provides healthy new food options and has repeatedly earned Health Magazine’s distinction as one of America’s Top Five Healthiest Restaurants.
Founded in Boston in 1978 with the idea to make authentic fresh breads and croissants, Au Bon Pain now operates more than 300 cafés worldwide. Au Bon Pain will open another cafe this spring at Christiana Hospital’s main lobby.
“We pride ourselves on offering discerning guests fresh and healthy options,” said Au Bon Pain CEO Sue Morelli. “Our menu spans all day parts from morning to night and our service system allows the guest to choose between made-to-order sandwiches or salads or tasty pre-made options for the guest on the run.”
The opening of Au Bon Pain brings Christiana Care closer to completion of the Wilmington Hospital Transformation Project, which, upon completion next spring, expands the hospital by 337,000 square feet. The redesign and transformation of Wilmington Hospital began with construction in 2009 and improvements include: