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Panera's "Pay-What-You-Want" Restaurant Forced To Close

The St. Louis Bread Co. (Panera) Cares Community Cafe in Clayton, where patrons pay as much or little as they want for a meal, is closing its doors.

The St. Louis Bread Co. (Panera) Cares Community Cafe in Clayton, where patrons pay as much or little as they want for a meal, is closing its doors.

The cafe opened in 2010 in an already-existing St. Louis Bread Co. restaurant. The idea was that people who could afford to pay the suggested price or more would do so, subsidizing those who could pay just a portion or none at all.

Customers paid, on average, about 85 percent of the suggested price.

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