An interview with Panera's Ron Shaich

Health care reform may be costly for the restaurant industry to implement, but it’s the right thing to do, said Ron Shaich, chief executive and chairman of Panera Bread Co.

In an interview Friday with Nation’s Restaurant News, Shaich touched on health care legislation, menu labeling and how Panera has thrived during the economic downturn while other restaurant companies suffered.

Shaich, who has been with the Richmond Heights, Mo.-based company for nearly three decad

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