Le Pain Quotidian and Panera?
Are these chains connected? The logos look very similar to me.
No connection that I'm aware of. Panera was formed through an acquisition of St. Louis Bread Co. by Au Bon Pain. Le Pain Quotidien was, and is, a European chain.
I wonder if Panera and Boston Market are now related. I recently tried and liked the chicken salad sandwich at the Boston Market near me. The crusty multigrain bread was very nice. I thought it might be Panera's. I asked, and it is. However, there's a Panera a stone's throw away from the Boston Market so that could be just a convenient bread source for this particular location.