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.