In-N-Out: Pros & Cons Weighed

In order receive early community input on the project, In-N-Out Burger invites you to attend a neighborhood meeting to learn more about the project, ask questions, and offer comments.

Back on April 7th, the Patch reported the possibility of In-N-Out coming to Novato.  Now that possibility looks like it is one step closer to reality. 

According to a neighborhood meeting notice posted on the city’s website, In-N-Out “…has submitted development entitlement applications to the City of Novato to construct and operate a new restaurant on a 1.10-acre site consisting of two parcels located at 399 Entrada Drive and 400 Enfrente Road. In-N-Out Burger's proposal would involve the construction of a 3,750 square-foot restaurant providing dine-in, take-out, and drive-through service

I believe In-N-Out would be a great addition to Novato.  Currently residents have to head to Mill Valley or Petaluma to get to an In-N-Out and many gladly take their dollars outside our city for a quality burger.  Instead, Novato should be a place that draws people and In-N-Out could help provide that appeal. 

Also, the company has a strong track record of giving back to the local community and would be a great employer offering good paying jobs.  Lastly, rather than driving north or south for a late night Double-Double and Neapolitan shake with animal style fries, students can stay off the freeway and remain in Novato.

Granted there are some cons that will need to be weighed here—most importantly the traffic congestion that could exist.  However, with proper planning, I believe the congestion could be mitigated and hopefully we can get this project moving as soon as possible. 

What are your thoughts?  Share them below and/or come to the neighborhood meeting on Monday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Inn Marin.

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Cliff Jacobs August 16, 2011 at 08:11 PM
It was a very interesting meeting last night. I love In-N-Out Burger's food; and the way they contribute to the community. I was not convinced that the site location is optimal, or even feasible for the amount of commerce typical of this very popular restaurant. The quality of life of the very local residents would definately be impacted, and they were absolutely passionate and relentless in letting that be known; but there was also a strong contingent of supporters in attendance that favored and welcomed the restaurant. They also wanted this restaurant for several non food related reasons, such as the great jobs that would be created, beautifying the currently blighted property where it is proposed to be built, and the fact that In-N-Out is a great community partner and supporter.
Spiro Stratigos August 21, 2011 at 02:56 PM
The Freeway location for is perfect for In-N-Out! Easy on and off. It will make that location come to life again.
Robert Atkinson August 23, 2011 at 06:05 AM
Eric - what qualifies you to say "However, with proper planning, I believe the congestion could be mitigated"? Do you have any experience as a traffic engineer? I do and until a traffic study is properly completed, the possible mitigation measures are unknowns. As a local resident, I can attest that In N Out will make a bad situation worse and it will have a huge negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.
Robert Atkinson August 23, 2011 at 06:37 AM
Yes, your correct, "the quality of life of the local residents will be impacted" and in a very negative manner. Those of us living in Pointe Marin already suffer from "cut thru" traffic that utilizes Oak Grove Drive to access South Novato Boulevard and we will see a big increase in traffic and the speed of this traffic right in front of our homes. If this was happening to any of you, I would anticipate you would also have concerns about the safety of your children and the declining value of your home. If In N Out is the community partner they claim to be, they will address these concerns. However it's my understanding that the impact on this neighborhood is not even part of the traffic study scope! Needless to say, this must be addressed by the City ASAP.
Thomas August 23, 2011 at 09:41 AM
I am dubious of any "huge negative impact" in the area from this. Yes the frontage road servicing the offramp and onramp to ignacio and 101 will see traffic and I am curious how they will address the offramp traffic with people trying to turn left into In-n-out, but a "huge" amount of people are not going to just start melting into all those residential side streets because a new burger stop opens up. Much ado to not much...


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