I have been writing about Panera Bread since February 2, 2010. I have issued a seemingly endless stream of tips and rumors about the eatery coming to Santa Barbara. In all that time there has never been any visible sign that Panera is actually coming here. No notice on the window. No banner on the building. No construction crews. No rolled up sleeves with blueprints, wandering the property. For all you know I made it all up. Well, I am receiving word today that there is now visible progress of Panera Bread coming to 3851 State St, next to Baja Fresh in La Cumbre Plaza. I’m not sure exactly what that means, though. I’ll swing by later today and take a look.