Delays For Five Guys/Panera/Chipotle Opening?

An update on the proposals for three eateries in Waltham.

Mistakes in construction of the new Main Street Marketplace have thrown a wrinkle into the plans for a new Five Guys, Panera Bread and Chipotle. 

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. 

iParty and Doctors Express are already operating at the Main Street Marketplace. SuperCuts, and Massage Envy have proposed stores there. 

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. 

Eagles December 12, 2012 at 01:21 PM
charliemingus December 12, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Why do things like this seem to happen in Waltham? First the construction at Lexington and Trapelo is halted by a sudden pull back by the developer and now this bizarre mistake in construction that possibly leave spaces empty for months and months at least. We need to have better oversight streamlining and facilitating new business construction.
Kristine Munroe December 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Seriously??? Way to go, Waltham. As if there needs to be more empty storefronts. I can't imagine why anyone would want to open an eatery in Waltham.
theclefe December 12, 2012 at 03:13 PM
By "mistakes in construction" you mean the city council found something to quibble about rather than an unsafe condition, correct?
Bob Tanski December 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Do the people who run this city hate money? Let's get these businesses open, paying taxes and employing people.
Warren Dale December 12, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Its amazing a part time city councilor was able to identify mistakes in construction but our full time building inspectors did not ? Why do these "mistakes" not apply the the retail occupants currently doing business there? Any reason these "mistakes" cant be made public ?
WHSHawk December 12, 2012 at 03:27 PM
How do we get someone elaborate further? Is the council just being stupid and nitpicking over something like moving a door 20 feet? Or did the developers build in a completely different configuration than the plans? Or did the council not read the plans in the first place and now they're acting surprised?
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Warren Dale, Read the story again. It does not say Tarallo found the mistakes. He merely mentioned them during a meeting. Also, I am seeking more info on this story. Stay tuned.
Jen P December 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
At least one problem is the window on the Weston St. side of the building. The developer decided to go ahead with that design feature while the drive-thru was not yet permitted. Ultimately it did not pass. It was not on the original design. I think it was hubris on the part of the developers.
theclefe December 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
How dare a developer think that he could add features that would make a business profitable in Waltham. What a jerk.
Simon December 12, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Am I right that there wouldn't be this level of scrutiny if the businesses weren't defined as fast food? That arbitrary distinction has got to go! It's costing the city tax dollars and jobs.
Matt Carter December 12, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Ubelivebale!!!!! Yet again more feet dragging from our councilers. I would not be shocked at all if Five Guys, Chipolte & Panera back out and that will leave half the plaza vacant. WE NEED JOBS. I have been out of work for years ad was looking forward to working at a new buisiness but why would I think the council would change, ha, what was I thinking. The council can lie all they want that the building was not built right but we all know they are just dragging there feet. WELCOME TO WALTHAM!!
Cairo kid December 12, 2012 at 05:57 PM
and is the council ALWAYS saying, Waltham is business' friendly/ What Lies! We need a new council, Waltham!
Catch Wity December 12, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Your recent contribution: "You would think in this time of financial hardship that cities would welcome businesses that will bring $ into the city but instead they're met with red tape & harrassment!! Complain about the economy & then step on your own feet, We need a new mayor, maybe someone that actually knows what they are doing! SMH!!!!
Mk10 December 12, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Shocker!!! Remember last week when Waltham was touted as being business friendly by the city council? I think this says something else. The coucil will again blame the layers for not doing things correctly, but they change the rules as they go along and make them jump through hoops to get their permits. Wake up councillors. I'll say it again WE elect YOU. Please listen to these comments above. They are your constituents and you should listen to them!
Ace December 12, 2012 at 06:48 PM
"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." Hmmm. Someone should of thought of that BEFORE the first business opened. This is ridiculous. If it's the extra window for the denied drive thru, it can be closed off quickly. To make the owners go to the additional expense of removing it is ridiculous.
Alice H December 12, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Catch - The mayor is not responsible for the actions of the city council and is not a part of the process of approving fast food permits or any other business permits. So please do not blame the mayor for Waltham's "business friendly" environment.
Alice H December 12, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Maybe councilor Logan will write an explanation on Patch. He seems to be willing to communicate with the public.
Joe December 12, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Why should the city council listen to you guys!! You are only there to fund their retirement and cushy pension and keep the unions happy. Keep working and paying taxes. Oh by way, the taxes need to be increased next year because they the collection fell short. Dont worry..its for "the crumbling schools".
Robert G. Logan December 13, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Matt - If you have proof of your wreckless charges, please present them. Robert G. Logan Councillor Ward 9
Kristine Munroe February 28, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Any updates on this? They have until today to decide on the Five Guys permit, at least.


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