Nation’s Restaurant News:

While burger chains have long offered double drive-thrus, Pizza Patrón is among the first pizza chains to offer the amenity.

San Antonio, Texas, franchisee Chris Partyka earlier this year created a double drive-thru unit in a converted bank building that offers the chain’s Lista, or “ready now,” pizzas in one lane and customized orders in the other. The unit now regularly ranks among the 104-unit system’s top five in sales.

“The double drive-thru was our franchise partner’s idea,” said Andrew Gamm, brand director for Dallas-based Pizza Patrón. “It is very unusual for a pizza chain to adopt such an aggressive QSR-type model, and we wouldn’t consider it without a very experienced and engaged operator.

Gamm added that Partyka had “a strong history of running excellent restaurants” as one of Pizza Patrón’s first franchise partners.