Panera May Take Spot Of Old Applebee’s Near Queen’s Harbour

Panera Bread might take over the stand-alone building that formerly housed Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in East Arlington near Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club.

Our Daily Record partner reports the city calculated an expedited mobility fee of $23,687 for a proposed conversion and addition to the closed Applebee’s at 13201 Atlantic Blvd.

The fee is calculated to mitigate the traffic impact.

Panera, based in St. Louis, has not responded to the Daily Record's questions by email or telephone about the location.

The fast-casual bakery-café restaurant operates in a 4,888-square-foot end spot in a building just a half-mile west at 12959 Atlantic Blvd., near Girvin Road.

It’s not clear whether Panera would close that location if it moved into the renovated restaurant building.

The mobility fee application shows that the former Applebee’s would be modified to add about 500 square feet of floor area to allow for a new drive-thru pickup window. Outdoor seating also would be added.

The nearby operating Panera Bread does not offer drive-thru service.

The seat count at the Applebee’s building would be reduced from 160 to 124 and parking would be reduced by about 22 spaces.

The building would be expanded to about 4,600 square feet. It sits on 1.53 acres.

Brightwork Real Estate Inc. owns the property through BW Atlantic 90 LLC. Tampa-based Brightwork also is developing several Wawa gas station and convenience stores in the area.

Atlanta-based GreenbergFarrow, an architecture, planning, engineering and development service firm, is the agent.

Applebee’s closed in July, according to the Daily Record. Brightwork paid $1.7 million for the property in February.