Don’t want to park and go inside Panera to get your morning coffee and bagel? Customers can now hit up the drive-through at the Tanglewood Panera.
To celebrate the completion of the drive-through, the restaurant is giving away a grande coffee and bagel to the first 25 customers in the drive-through, and a free cookie to the first 25 customers between 2 to 4 p.m. The 100th customer will receive a $100 Panera Bread gift card.
Customers who opt to go inside to place their order and eat will notice that the interior looks slightly different. The walls are covered with fresh coats of yellow and blue paint and new artwork. The carpet in the dining area has been replaced, and there are new partitions separating the registers and kitchen from the dining area. The furniture is also new. Work crews did the renovations at night so the restaurant wouldn’t have to close during the day.
The renovations, including the drive-through, cost about $600,000, said Rick Postle, owner of Blue Ridge Bread, a franchise group that owns Panera Breads in central and southwest Virginia, including the Valley View location.
The Valley View Panera store won’t be getting a drive-through because of the layout of the store and its neighboring businesses. Postle said. The Christianburg Panera is the only other location in Postle’s franchise that has a drive-through, but more might be coming because customers like them, said Blue Ridge Bread COO Adam Jackson.