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Will Panera Bread Get A Drive-Thru?

Panera Bread is planning a second Waltham location.

A Waltham City Council subcommittee has recommended councilors reject a drive-thru proposal for a planned second location of Panera Bread.

Waltham City Councilor Edmund Tarallo, during a Sept. 24 City Council meeting, said the company still plans build a new branch, but without the drive-thru at the Main Street Marketplace location. Panera Bread has requested a fast food permit, which would allow the restaurant to operate without the drive-thru, but it has not been approved. 

The Ordinance and Rules Committee drive-thru recommendation comes after several residents and city councilors voiced concerns that a drive-thru would increase traffic and parking congestion on an already busy street. 

Dennis September 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Wait - they don't have "a fast food permit, which would allow the restaurant to operate without the drive-thru," even though the restaurant looks to be about 75% built? Very confused. Why would they need a permit to allow them to operate *without* a drive through window, if the drive through window is what's at issue? And why would they go ahead and build the restaurant if they hadn't obtained a permit to operate???
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Dennis, All fast-food restaurants are required to have a fast-food permit to operate, regardless of whether they have a drive-thru. As for construction, you would have to ask Panera Bread.
Jen P September 26, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Actually construction questions would be Waltham Ventures, LLC, the owner of the complex. Panera is a proposed tenant.
Dennis September 27, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Just noticed today while driving by that the drive-thru window has already been installed. Are you sure the above information is accurate and up to date?
bearhill October 02, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I've only driven by once in the past week, but it looks like they had installed the drive-thru in hopes that it would be approved. Since it ultimately wasn't, it looks like the drive-thru area was made inaccessible to vehicle traffic and is likely being re-purposed as green space.

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