Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jimmy John's drive-thru now open in Bradenton

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches is now open at 5300 Manatee Ave. W in Bradenton. (Photo by Charles Schelle/Bradenton Herald)

Those freaky fast subs at Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shop are going turbo now that a drive-thru opened today in West Bradenton.

The 1,336-square-foot restaurant, 5300 Manatee Ave. W, is the first Jimmy John's standalone shop and drive-thru in the Manatee-Sarasota area. It also has outdoor seating. The parcel used to be Patrick's Salon.

Owner and general manager Tom Vehema, who also runs the Cortez Road store with James Briles, shared with me in September his excitement for the new shop:
"A drive-thru adds a whole different dynamic to this franchise being freaky fast, making 30-second sandwiches," Vehema said. "Throwing our sandwiches into the mix, it's a whole different scene." 
The new shop will have 19 seats inside, a 16-seat patio, and offer delivery in a three- to five-minute area as well. Since the first Jimmy John's opened in 1983 in Charleston, Ill., the company has built more than 1,600 restaurants.

Contact Jimmy John's at 941-896-8811. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to midnight seven days a week and delivery begins at 10 a.m.

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