POLL: Is Novato Ready for an In-N-Out?

The results of our poll might surprise you

Last Friday we opened up our poll for voting on the question of whether or not Novato was ready for an In-N-Out. Many comments and over 200 votes later, the poll - still on-going - has some interesting results for locals. (See below; vote to see results or click "See Results" if you've already voted.)

The distinctive red-and-white In-N-Out drive-through chain is planning to open a new franchise at the corner at 399 Entrada Drive and 400 Enfrente Road, as previously described on Novato Patch, but adjoining properties would make the location even more desireable. The business would presumably be visible from Hwy. 101 Southbound, just before the Ignacio exit.

In-N-Out Burger standards specify that a drive-through have enough space to allow at least 12 cars to stack up in addition to 45 parking spaces, according to this article on Patch. In Mill Valley, traffic was a big hurdle for In-N-Out Burger and the location in Strawberry was approved without a drive-through window.

Parking might also be a hitch for the Enfrente Road property, without the neighboring lots. Square footage falls short of the company's minimum 45,000 square feet required by about 16,519 square feet. Until these requirements are met, and the city planning department approves the business, In-N-Out is just a proposal.

Other In-N-Out locations are in Petaluma and Mill Valley, as well as Santa Rosa. The Santa Rosa diner near Steele Lane has caused numerous traffic problems and driver complaints since it opened a little over a year ago, according to articles in the Nov. 18, 2010 Press Democrat. 

Finally, at a public meeting in the Ignacio area last August, there was considerable objection to the proposed location, as the accompanying video shows.

All of which begs the question: Do we need an In-N-Out in Novato? Let your vote be counted, and your voice be heard. (Remember, this is a non-scientific poll, and your civility is requested in your comments!)

Tony Elshout February 19, 2012 at 03:30 PM
In-N-Out would be a great asset to the City. Not only will it eliminate the trashy buildings now on the site but it will bring shoppers to the Ignacio Center. We need On-N-Out now
Tony Elshout February 19, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Either properly identify yourself or keep your (misguided) opinions to yourself
Craig Belfor February 19, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Vintage Oaks is the right place, not just because the freeway access is better, not just because the drive up will have more room, but also because the same fat slobs who go to Costco and buy Ding Dongs by the pallet load, and fight for parking as close to Target as they can get so they don't have to walk far will also buy their cholesterol bombs at the drive up at at In-N-Out while still in their urban tanks, thus avoiding any exercise, and assuring us they'll die sooner, thus saving our Social Security System from enormous payments for retirement and medicare. Drive up eating will save America as it kills us.
Hutch Turner February 20, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Good company, good pay, questionable location, do we really need another fast food place? My personal opinion is that the standard In-N-Out appearance is tacky designed as an attractor, not necessarily to aid those that are lost. Look at who works at other fast food places in Novato, many if not most don't live in Novato. What's the working language? Spanish not English. Want another driver for high density afordable housing stuffed down our throats by MTC/ABAG?
Craig Belfor February 20, 2012 at 01:40 AM
WOW! We made it all the way to the 29th comment before the old affordable housing folks chipped in. I had a bet it wouldn't go 5.


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