Bypass the line with “fast lane” kiosks at this local restaurant

The Panera on PGA Boulevard now has these "fast lane" kiosks. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

The Panera on PGA Boulevard now has these “fast lane” kiosks. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

There’s another way to beat the lunch rush at a fast-casual Palm Beach Gardens restaurant.

Panera already offers online ordering. Now the one in PGA Commons, 4540 PGA Blvd., has “fast lane” kiosks. The row of four iPads is right inside the door, across from the traditional cashier station. Customers can order from their history and favorites, customize menu items, redeem rewards and pay with credit cards, just as they can at the regular check-out.

The Panera at 3186 Northlake Boulevard doesn’t have the fast-lane kiosks yet, but it will eventually. Most stores will have four to eight kiosks, according to an article by USA Today detailing¬†technology-based efforts Panera is making to reduce wait times.

The St. Louis-based company started rolling out its “Panera 2.0” improvements in 2014.

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