Au Bon Pain

At Au Bon Pain we are committed to going “Beyond the Ordinary” in every facet of the fast-casual dining experience. We welcome our guests with a warm, comfortable cafe setting; a friendly, hospitable customer service smile; and countless fresh, innovative and healthy menu choices. Our experience has shown us that when the most basic and ordinary restaurant elements take the turn towards extraordinary; we get a winning combination that has been the cornerstone of our success over the years.

Franchise Details
Investment Amount: More than $500,000 Agreement Length: 000 years
Franchise Fee: $30000 Royalty Fee: 5%
Company Established: 1978 Franchising since: 1978
Franchised Units: 71 Total Units: 219
Earnings Claim: Yes Financial Assistance: Yes

Au Bon Pain Franchise Information

Au Bon Pain Fast Casual Bakery Café In Business For Over 30 years

About Us

In 2008, Au Bon Pain celebrated a 30th anniversary! We attribute our achievement, in part, to our outstanding franchise partners. We recognize the fundamental role that franchising has played in our three decades of growth, and we understand the importance of our franchisee's contributions in helping us build the brand.

Au Bon Pain is a fast casual bakery café that operates in visible urban corners and crossroads including office buildings, transportation centers, hotels, shopping malls, hospitals and universities.  The Au Bon Pain Franchise has recently introduced a new suburban concept, which will bring the urban marketplace experience to the suburbs.

The Au Bon Pain Franchise has transformed itself into lively, bustling urban marketplaces where guests personally select their menu choices from individual stations located throughout the café.  We have taken steps to ensure the menu continues to provide distinctively tasting items that reflect and reinforce their bakery roots such as our new Artisan bread collection, which is made of organic flour.

As part of the Au Bon Pain focus on nutrition, recipes for muffins, bagels and cookies have been re-engineered to be zero grams trans fat. In addition, nutrition kiosks have been added to the cafés to allow guests the information to make the right choices.

Au Bon Pain cafés feature a new décor that includes new S-shaped tables to allow guests to interact; comfortable bench seating lit by Philippe Starck's "Romeo Moon" lights, computer accessibility and simplified menu boards that are color-coded by menu categories.



Au Bon Pain. Simply put, it means, “from good bread.” Good bread is the foundation of a good meal. It is the key to a handcrafted sandwich, the essence of a sweet pastry, and the best way to turn a soup or salad into a meal. We pride ourselves on being a gourmet convenience where you live and work that offers good bread as the cornerstone of our marketplace. We’re not here to tell you what’s good for you to eat, that’s your choice. From delicious meals, to satisfying snacks or wholesome treats, food should always taste good, no matter if that choice is indulgent or nutritious; because life is about balance. A nourishing, delicious, balance. Au Bon Pain: From Good Bread.

Au Bon Pain is committed to making quality products using simple ingredients that you would find in your own kitchen. Ingredients like flour, salt, and sugar. This commitment to using the best ingredients is part of our heritage. We started making breads, pastries, and croissants using time-tested traditions while staying devoted to great flavors and recipes. This commitment extends to starting our day before the sun come up; baking our products fresh daily so that we can provide the best tasting food to our customers. We take our time, not yours. With good bread, it’s just that simple. 

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 aromas of the fresh breads were so enchanting he had to buy one to put in his first store. Placing the oven in full view of the customers so they could see and smell the baking process was revolutionary at this time. Not only did customers flock for the fresh croissants, baguettes, and pastries, but they also brought something with them. Customers began asking Louis to slice breads in half, so they could make sandwiches with deli meats they brought from home. This sparked a new idea that brought about the Au Bon pain you know and love. Today, there are over 300 Au Bon Pain cafe bakeries throughout the world, including India and Thailand, growing to become a gourmet convenience where you live and work.

Corporate Support

The key to Au Bon Pain’s continued success is its people. From the customer service representatives and sandwich makers in the cafés to the President and CEO in the Support Center, we have assembled a winning team that prides itself on an owner/operator attitude. We have built a world class organization where each department is committed to growing the business with financially responsible business practices and a teaching and learning culture.

From the purchasing team who works diligently with suppliers to negotiate the terms that keep our café costs in line; to our operations team who works to ensure clean, safe cafes and guest satisfaction; to our IT team who works to provide the most current technological solutions for maintaining our competitive edge; each department contributes to bottom line profits and plays a critical role in the success of the entire company.

Growth Plans

Au Bon Pain’s future is bright! Our plan is to take advantage of an exploding market segment and accelerate our franchise development in both domestic and international territories. In order to do this, we’re looking for qualified and enthusiastic franchise partners with experience and expertise to help us grow the brand within our five (5) preferred trade channels.

The breadth and flexibility of our five select trade channels gives our brand a powerful competitive advantage in the bakery café segment of our industry.

Preferred trade channels include:

  • City-center office buildings
  • Transportation centers (airports, train stations, etc)
  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Malls

Criteria – Domestic

Because we want to prepare our franchise partners for optimal success from the beginning, we only sign Area Development Agreements (ADA) based on a territorial market with a minimum unit potential of 10-20 locations. (We do not sell single unit agreements.) This ADA multi-unit potential enables our franchisees to build a significant business in an area with solid earnings potential.

In order to be considered for an Au Bon Pain franchise, you must have the financial and management resources necessary to develop multiple cafes.

Criteria include:

  • Open cafes in one of the listed expansion areas.
  • Offer quality real estate sites in the selected territory.
  • Sign an ADA for a minimum of 10 units.
  • Have a liquid net worth of $350k per unit, or approximately $3-4M.
  • Provide poof of financing from a bank or other financial institution.
  • Offer multi-unit restaurant business experience.
  • Offer an established management infrastructure within the market you wish to franchise.
  • Willingness to adhere to the ABP system.
  • A strong desire to succeed, work hard and be part of a winning team.



All of our flavorful food is prepared fresh daily by professional catering employees and delivered on time with attention to detail and presentation. Whether delivered to your home or office, our sweet and savory fare including soups, crisp fresh salads and innovative sandwich choices will impress your guests - and your taste buds!


Let an experienced catering consultant help plan your party, meeting or event by calling 1.800.765.4227 Monday-Friday 7AM-7PM EST and Saturdays 8AM-1PM.


You may place your order via the web or by phone, fax or email. We suggest that you place your order one business day prior to delivery. We do ask that you call in same day orders or changes to your order as soon as possible.


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