Our History


How did it all start?

In the spring of 1978, businessman Louis Kane was strolling through Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace when he noticed a display showcasing a new line of French bakery ovens. The aroma and quality of the fresh breads were enchanting. So enchanting in fact, it gave Louis an idea. Why not make wonderful, authentic fresh breads and croissants easily available to everyone in the city? From this chance encounter came the first ever Au Bon Pain.

Today, there are over 300 Au Bon Pain café bakeries throughout the world, including India and Thailand. We have grown to become a cornerstone of the urban scene where the world lives, works, shops and plays. We are located on some of the most visible corners and crossroads and in urban buildings, college campuses, transportation centers, shopping malls, museums and hospitals. Headquartered in Boston’s scenic Seaport District, we continue to open new cafes every year in the U.S. and internationally. Au Bon Pain is proud to be an innovative growing brand!