Two rounded banquettes flank a communal table with other seating to the side and beyond the second circular booth, which also has a dining ledge that wraps around the back.
A second prototype design, dubbed “Blocks of Flavor,” is planned for later this fall for Memphis, Tenn.
With many Panda Express locations accommodating larger parties and also offering free Wi-Fi, the communal table has become an option in some units.
Panda Express is moving toward all-digital signage in newer units, as well as some older ones.
The drive-thru lane also shows off the new signage, in which the “Express” has become a smaller element.
The new prototype in Balch Springs, Texas, outside Dallas, is dubbed the “Bright and Fresh” version.
New contemporary finishes and lighting, which is LED, are throughout the restaurant.
Panda Express executives and Balch Springs, Texas, officials cut the ribbon on the new prototype.
Panda Restaurant Group Inc. has pulled the wraps off the first of two new prototypes the company is testing for standalone units.