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WakeMed Welcomes Au Bon Pain

WakeMed Welcomes Au Bon Pain - Popular Café-Bakery to Open at WakeMed Raleigh Campus on December 14

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 13, 2012) – On Friday, December 14, Au Bon Pain the international café bakery and a leader in the fast casual restaurant category, announced today the opening of its first Raleigh location at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus. The café is known for its fresh baked goods, gourmet sandwiches, salads, fresh-brewed coffee and espresso.

WakeMed staff and visitors can choose from made-to-order and grab-and-go sandwiches, create your own salads and an extensive selection of baked goods as well as eight daily rotating specialty soups. The café, located in the Raleigh Campus Commons near the WakeMed Gift Shop and Pharmacy, will be open Monday through Friday, from 6 am to 10 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, from 7 am to 9 pm. The new WakeMed location will also feature indoor and outdoor seating.

“Au Bon Pain is a welcome addition to the WakeMed network of dining options,” commented Georgia Sumiel, WakeMed vice president of operations. “We are committed to providing healthier food choices and encouraging a healthier lifestyle among patients, staff and our community.”

Au Bon Pain, specializing in serving delicious foods with warm hospitality, is familiar with hospital operations as the brand currently has cafes in over 70 medical buildings in 52 different hospitals across 16 states. The café offers an award-winning nutrition kiosk system, helping guests plan a nutritious meal. Au Bon Pain has been recognized by Health Magazine as one of the five healthiest restaurant chains in the country.

“We pride ourselves on giving guests fresh and healthy options”, said Sue Morelli, Au Bon Pain CEO. “Our menu spans from morning to night, while our service system allows guests to choose among made-to-order sandwiches and salads as well as flavorful pre-made options if they are on the run.”

Au Bon Pain opened their first Triangle area café in Durham at Duke University just a few months ago.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 8,300 employees, 1,000 volunteers, more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, and 150 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.

About Au Bon Pain
Founded in 1978, Au Bon Pain (“the place of good bread”) has grown into an internationally recognized leader in the fast casual restaurant category. The chain’s signature items – breads, pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups, and coffee – are served in welcoming café environments emphasizing quick service and hospitality. Au Bon Pain operates in six key trade channels including urban office buildings, hospitals, universities, transportation centers, museums and malls, with locations ranging from 300-square-foot satellites to 6,500-square-foot cafés with 100-plus seats. It currently operates over 350 locations in the U.S. and internationally. Additional information about Au Bon Pain, which is headquartered in Boston, may be found at www.aubonpain.com.

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