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Having just read P. Lynch's "One up on Wall Street" and
"Beating the Street," I made a list of companies I knew with a product or service I enjoyed very much, and that seemed to do very well. St. Louis Bread Company, owned by Au Bon Pain, ABPCA, most definitely fits the bill. The only reason I don't go there sometimes is that they can be too crowded. In the Clayton area of St. Louis, close to where I work, there are two of them very closeby, one in the upscale mall, the Galleria, and one off just down the street. Both do a great business. The food is great, and you can always get something different. Most people I work with go to St. Louis Bread Company at least once every few weeks. If Au Bon Pain focuses on St. Louis Bread, they should do well.

So, I am looking for other Fools to talk about the company. I see they are estimated to have 100% earnings growth, and have a P/E of 37, (from Yahoo!Finance), so that looks good. Has anyone taken a good look at other information, such as the financials? The Yahoo board described them as a "weak sister", and "weak financials," but offered no detail.

Peter Lynch advises that a growing restaurant shouldn't grow too fast.. 100 stores annually is too much.

Any info/advice would be much appreciated!

Fool on,
Joe Grant
St. Louis, MO
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