In-N-Out Passes on Novato for Now ... What's Your Reaction?

Fast-food chain had plans to build in Ignacio, drumming up a wide array of supporters and detractors.

Novato, you'll have to keep driving to Mill Valley or Petaluma to satisfy your cravings for In-N-Out burgers, at least for the time being.

According to a story in the , the popular fast-food chain has nixed a plan to build a restaurant on Entrada Drive in Ignacio. But the door remains open for a spot at another Novato site.

Are you thrilled? Are you ticked? Share your comments below.

In-N-Out executive Carl Van Fleet told the IJ that soil problems at the Entrada location created problems.

Things must have changed quickly on the deal. As of Monday, the city planning staff said In-N-Out had not withdrawn its development applications and was under the impression that In-N-Out was continuing negotiations with property owners.

When In-N-Out held a to share plans with residents near the location, the reaction was more hostile than friendly. Debates ensued on Novato Patch and at some public meetings, and even Novato City Council member Eric Lucan chimed in on the issue while campaigning for his council seat in August 2011.

In December 2011, the city said the approval process for In-N-Out's plans  as the company put its energy into securing two parcels at the site. But In-N-Out allowed the property to fall out of escrow, although it might reconsider the site at a future date, Van Fleet told the IJ.

What other locations should In-N-Out consider if it is determined to find a site in Novato? Chime in below.

Lou Judson May 24, 2012 at 05:49 PM
My Mom shopped at that nursery for many years. The owner was ready to retire anyway, so he was not really "forced out" - he was planning to close in the next year or so anyway. We miss it, but not In-N-Out's fault.
Pam Over May 24, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Build near Lu Sutton School and I could go there every day - Otherwise I go to Petaluma just to eat there.
Melissa Bradley May 24, 2012 at 09:24 PM
There is a restaurant also in Mill Valley called Super Duper Burgers and they have a drive thru and they serve organic fast food. Personally, I love it and would be thrilled to see one in San Rafael and in Novato. It is a locally owned business. I met one of the owners from San Rafael. That's my 2 cents.
Melissa Bradley May 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM
P.S. Super Duper Burgers have the best veggie burgers!
Private Citizen of Novato May 29, 2012 at 09:31 PM
My frustration is that the wonderful local nursery was closed down BEFORE the deal was locked in, and now it was ALL FOR NOTHING! I hope the owner of the property pays through the nose to clean up the proper AND that nothing gets approved for the site for years to come. PS I am SO glad there will be no In-N-Out Burger near me!


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