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Restaurant Buzz: Big changes at Panera, Glory Days Grill opens, fire at Joffrey's Coffee

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Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo
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No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.

Things got a bit too hot, literally, at the facility where Joffrey’s Coffee is roasted on Friday.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews put out a fire inside a large coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea which is located off Corporex Park Drive. Everyone had evacuated and firefighters’ quick responsed prevented further damage at the coffee roasting facility, according to a HCFR spokesperson.

WFLA.com checked with staff at the Joffrey’s Coffee shop in Ybor, which is at a different location than where the fire occurred. Staff said the fire will not impact the coffee shop.

Tampa Bay’s first Glory Days Grill opened Tuesday, April 8. 

The restaurant is owned by MVP Holdings which also owns Lee Roy Selmon’s and Carmel Café, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The sports-themed family features a wide variety of choices on its menu including burgers, wings, shrimp, chicken fish and desserts. The restaurant is located at 17508 Dona Michelle Drive.

Do you eat at Panera? The restaurant will offer new ways to order food with the launch of “Panera 2.0”.

Rapid Pickup orders will allow customers to order from their office, car, work or home up to five days in advance and then pick up their food at a pre-determined time without waiting in line, according to a Panera news release.

Customers will also be able to order online. Customers who dine inside the restaurant will be able to order from their table, instead of going to a counter to place an order.

The restaurant also plans to offer fast lane kiosks for customers who dine inside the restaurant and customers with “to go” orders.

Rapid Pickup ordering will be available at all Paneras by the end of 2014. All of the new ordering options will be available at all Panera cafes by the next 36 months, according to the news release.

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