LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Au Bon Pain, an eatery that serves baked goods and hot and cold sandwiches could soon open in the lobby of Norton Children's Hospital in downtown Louisville. 

According to a news release from Norton Children's Hospital, it will be located in a portion of the space currently occupied by McDonald’s, which is set to close at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, after Norton Healthcare declined to renew its lease. 

An opening date for Au Bon Pain has not yet been determined, but Maggie Roetker, director of public relations for Norton Healthcare, says it's expected to open by mid-2017. It will be smaller than the McDonald's and serve hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, baked goods, coffee and other drinks. 

According to the news release, there are more than 300 Au Bon Pain bakery cafes with locations at more than 70 hospitals and medical centers, and its menu has been ranked as one of the healthiest by Grellin, a website that determines the healthiest restaurant menus and ranks them based on healthy options.

McDonald's closing was announced in late September after Kosair Charities and Norton Healthcare decided to part ways. McDonald’s has been part of the children’s hospital since the current building opened in 1988. 

Hospital staff will work with families to inform them of other dining options nearby. 


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