Food notes: Panera moving ahead with East Arlington plans

True Food Kitchen announces opening date

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Site plans were filed for Panera Bread to renovate and expand the former Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar at 13201 Atlantic Blvd. near Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club.

Plans show Panera taking over the stand-alone building on 1.53 acres and expanding it to accommodate a drive-thru.

Tampa-based Brightwork Real Estate, through BW Atlantic 90 LLC, paid $1.7 million for the property in February and is redeveloping it.

Panera, based in St. Louis, has not responded to questions by email or telephone about the location or what would happen to the Panera that operates just a half-mile west at 12959 Atlantic Blvd. That location does not have a drive-thru.

■ St. Johns Town Center announced that True Food Kitchen will open in November. It is renovating the former Mitchell’s Fish Market.

Keke’s Breakfast Café is in review for final tenant build-out at The Strand at Town Center. No contractor is listed for the $600,000 build-out of almost 4,400 square feet at 4800 Town Center Parkway. A previous permit shows an initial build-out of $210,000 for the shell space at a more precise address of 4906 Town Center Parkway, No 104. Keke’s has a restaurant in St. Augustine and another planned at The Pavilion at Durbin Park. Operating hours are 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Burger King is renovating its store at 7725 Lem Turner Road at a cost of 150,000. The permit application indicates interior and exterior renovations.

■ Caribbean SIG Inc. applied to the city for a zoning exception to serve all alcoholic beverages at Seafood Island Bar & Grille at 1959-1963 San Marco Blvd. It now serves beer and wine. Caribbean SIG is led by Charley Akel.