Construction at the new Kenwood Village is about 75% complete.
The complex at Kenwood and Arrowhead Avenues is expected to open in 2017.
The planning commission approved three special use permits for a Crooked Pint Ale House, a Little Caesars Pizza, and a Caribou Coffee with an Einstein Brothers Bagels.
Crooked Pint is a Twin Cities based brewpub and this space will be its first in Duluth.
Commissioners had initial questions about parking, but developers planned for that and already have more than what's required by law.
The restaurants will take up three of the five retail spaces in the property which also has apartments.
The city said they may also look to possibly work with the developer on adding a bus shelter on the property.
The entire project is around $21 million.
Commissioners said they were pleased the restaurants fit the needs of the neighborhood and also that of creating a destination restaurant for the area.