You asked: Are there updates on Chipotle, Chick-fil-A and Panera coming to Helena?

Panera potential spot
Posted at 6:30 PM, Apr 02, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-03 11:03:28-04

HELENA — More fast-food chains are on their way to Helena. MTN viewer Len Pruss wanted an update on Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A and Panera. All three are working on plans for the Queen City.

Chipotle is scheduled to open at 3017 N. Sanders St.—near Planet Fitness, the US Foods Chef Store and WinCo— in spring 2025.

Chick-Fil-A submitted preliminary plans for a restaurant on N. Washington St. and Skyway Dr. Back in October 2023, but City of Helena officials say they have not heard from the chain recently.

MTN reached out to Chick-fil-A for more information about plans in Helena and received the following statement: “While we are still very early in the process, Chick-fil-A is actively pursuing a new location in the Helena area. We hope to have the opportunity to serve the Helena community Chick-fil-A’s great food with remarkable service in the future.” They have no set opening date for a location in Helena.

Finally, City of Helena officials are working with Panera on a Helena location at 1660 Vandelay Ave., across from the Benefis Helena Specialty Center. According to City of Helena Community Development Department director Chris Brink, Panera’s permit is still going through the review process. The city has given Panera comments and are awaiting responses and plan revisions.