Metro-East News

A new St. Louis Bread Co. for Belleville?

St. Louis-based Panera, LLC is making moves that indicate it plans to build a Saint Louis Bread Co. location in Belleville.

One hint comes from an agenda item from Thursday’s Belleville Zoning Board of Appeals meeting. Panera has requested a special use permit for outdoor seating and dining at a site at 5801 Belleville Crossing.

Another comes from the agenda for an upcoming Wednesday meeting of the Belleville Planning Commission. Members will consider a site plan, landscape plan and architectural elevations for the new construction.

Neither Annissa McCaskill, who is the city’s economic development director, nor Mayor Mark Eckert were available Friday for comment.

It’s unclear if construction of the Belleville Crossing restaurant will impact the current Saint Louis Bread Co. location at 113 E. Main St. in downtown Belleville.

Representatives at Panera were not available for comment.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND