As a result, the Waltham City Council has approved giving the three companies more time to review and receive their special fast food permits required to operate a fast food or "fast casual" eatery in Waltham.
All three stores would be located at the new shopping plaza at 1030 Main St.
City Councilor Ed Tarallo, who chairs the city's Ordinance & Rules Committee that has been reviewing the applications, said more review is needed due to the tenant's spaces being built in violation of previously approved site conditions. He did not elaborate further.
The City Council now has to until March 31, 2013 to decide on the permits for Panera Bread and Chipotle and until Feb. 28 to decide on Five Guys's permit. The committee, however, could seek more time extensions.
Previously, Five Guys has said it wanted to open by the end of January of 2013 and Panera Bread has said it wants to open by March.