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In-N-Out Burger Goes Public with Plans for Novato

A meeting will be held on Aug. 15 at Inn Marin to review the proposal by the drive-through eatery for a proposed location in Ignacio.

In-N-Out Burger is going public with its plans for a new eatery in Novato. The company will have a community meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at for input on the proposal that was submitted to the city's planning department.

As reported in , In-N-Out Burger had been looking at Novato for a possible new location.

The Baldwin Park, Calif.,-based company submitted development entitlement applications to the City of Novato to construct and operate a restaurant on a 1.10-acre site consisting of adjacent parcels at 399 Entrada Drive and 400 Enfrente Road.

Kim Kennedy, project manager for In-N-Out, said that the entitlement application was submitted on Aug. 2 and consists of site plans and a preliminary conceptual drawing. "The planning department has 30 days to deem it complete or not," said Kennedy.

According to the public notice posted on the city's website, In-N-Out Burger's proposal would involve the construction of a 3,750 square-foot restaurant providing dine-in, takeout and drive-through service.

In-N-Out Burger is proposing to have hours of operation of Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

In-N-Out Burger is setting up community meeting to learn more about the project, ask questions and offer comments.  "We want to bring awareness to the project and get input," said Kennedy.

One of the parcels on the plan at 399 Entrada is currently home to . The other parcel on Enfrente Road has been listed for sale for several months and was formerly a car care center.

Calls to California Bay Nurseries about the In-N-Out Burger plans have not been returned.

Kennedy said that although the company's preference is to purchase their building sites, the company leases its properties as well.

Meeting Date:      Aug. 15
Meeting Time:     7 p.m.
Location:             Inn Marin, 250 Entrada Drive, Novato, CA


For a local opinion on the pros and cons of In-N-Out coming to Novato, read Eric Lucan's blog

Lou Judson August 10, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Does anyone remember the fracas around the Mill Valley location? The yuppies down there were so paranoid about traffic problems at the corner location (which was ideal for a drive through) that the city did not allow a drive thru to be built. NOW and ever since, there is a royal mess of traffic in and outof the parking lot, and everybody has to park and walk inside, and jokey for a space close enough, and it is a mess. With even slightly careful design, which In-N-Out has done at all the locations I have seen, it can be smooth. It is ot the worst location at all compared to others along I-80 and 101... <L>
Molly Brown August 10, 2011 at 03:59 PM
I would love to see In & Out in Novato!
Joseph Gray August 10, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Brent, I also read that book. Very informative. According to the authour, the founder Harry Snyder actually spent time at Hamilton Field while in the service. Nice way to honor the founder by having a store in Novato.
Lou Judson August 10, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Thanks Brent and Joseph! I serched for Harry snyder and Wkipedia linke dme to this interesting company history (as well and Perman';s book) <http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/InNOut-Burger-Company-History.html> How many people know that Snyder actually invented the drive-through restaurant in 1948!?!
Jackie Thoma August 14, 2011 at 08:19 AM
When the kids want to go to In&out..the traffic is too much going up to Petaluma and the lack of parking and wait time for Mill Valley's location makes it a fail...It will be nice to be able to say Yes we can go to in&out in Novato!!

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