Brace yourselves dear reader. What I am about to post is highly suspect of creating feelings of awe & jealousy!
Right here in Paducah, KY is a brand-spanking-new Panera Bread. Some of you know how much I enjoy Panera and can imagine the many happy sighs of having one that's nearby. This however, is not your run-of-the-mill Panera - no sir! For starters, it has a Drive-Thru. Yes, dear reader, a drive-thru Panera! In case you doubt the amazingness of this concept - behold:
|1st Panera drive-thru sighting|
I'd been waiting to write about this until after I'd been through the drive-thru. An early morning, overcast with a slight drizzle and cool temps had me pulling through for a hot chocolate without a need to ever leave the car! I've never seen a Panera like this before and am kind of amazed there aren't more of them around.
Walking in to place a dine-in order is also somewhat mind boggling as it was the most high-tech Panera I've seen so far. After placing my order at the register, I was handed a square pager usually reserved for crowded restaurant waiting lines. I was able to find a seat, get a drink and wait for the pager to vibrate & light up indicating my order was ready at the counter for pick-up. Crazy.