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In-N-Out Plans Moving Forward

Restaurant at Vintage Oaks could be open by next summer.

The design plans for the new In-N-Out Burger location in Novato passed muster with the city's Design Review Commission on Wednesday, clearing the way for arguably the most anticipated opening of a fast food restaurant in the city's history.

In-N-Out made some cosmetic changes to its initial proposal to build a new restaurant at Novato's Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, and the commission gave it the OK at Novato City Hall. The next step is obtaining a building permit and a demolition permit to knock down the closed-down Burger King at the site on 216 Vintage Way.

In-N-Out said it would move an outdoor dining area away from the drive-thru lane, realign a pathway to save an existing tulip tree, replace palm trees over the drive-thru lane with other trees, screen a trash receptacle enclosure with a bush and several other alterations. For the most part, it's going to look like most other In-N-Outs.

Are you excited?

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Denise Rasmussen December 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Great news, but I wonder what those long drive thru lines are going to do to the frontage road that runs parallel with the freeway? Love the idea of In-N-Out here in Novato, but dreading the traffic congestion it's going to create getting into Vintage Oaks. Now we need Sol Food in Novato and all will be well.
Anthony December 06, 2012 at 08:09 PM
There are more than 6 ways to enter Vintage Oaks. If it causes traffic at one, you have other options.
Cliff Jacobs December 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I am excited, and very glad to see that In-N-Out was not discouraged by their initial venture in Novato some months ago (near the old car wash in the Ignacio area) that did not work out. I look forward to enjoying a Double-Double (protein style).
T.Sprocket December 06, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Anthony your career as a traffic consultant started with "There" and ended with "options".
Anthony December 06, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I never had a career as a traffic consultant, but you are correct about my post starting with "there" and ending with "options". Congrats, your smart.
Lloyd December 06, 2012 at 10:48 PM
That is 100% correct. Lets not over think this. Build it and we will adapt and enjoy.
ccvaulter December 07, 2012 at 03:04 PM
My son will be happy about In N Out but I miss Fresh Choice! we need a healthy alternative to meat and french fries... just saying!
Keith S. December 07, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Wow, Novato is moving into the 21st century. This is Great!
Will Lamers December 07, 2012 at 06:43 PM
There may be six ways to enter the shopping center itself, but it all funnels down to one way in and one way out at Rowland. I'm looking forward to In-N-Out, but not the traffic. Glad I can ride my bike there, makes it easier to excuse the extra calories... BTW, "you're" smart...
Nick Mason December 08, 2012 at 05:36 AM
"Animal Style"
Maria December 08, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Yay!!!!
Lothrop Withington Jr. December 08, 2012 at 09:23 PM
They have good burgers there...
CLKO December 10, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I agree with Denise, Sol Food in Novato would be a welcome addition! While we're dreaming, how about bringing back Olive Garden!?
Rev. Daniel Christian January 29, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I am happy to see this go forward. This is good for our city!
Michael Jenkins February 12, 2013 at 05:45 AM
No, actually Daniel it is not good for our city since Novato has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in Marin county. Obesity in America has reached a crisis point. Two out of every three Americans are overweight, one out of every three is obese. One in three are expected to have diabetes by 2050. Minorities have been even more profoundly affected. African-Americans have a 50 per cent higher prevalence of obesity and Hispanics 25 per cent higher when compared with whites. Sure you can, yes but that is not me, but we all pay the medical cost as all our premiums continue to go up. ALSO, In-and-out does not buy any other their products from Marin and NONE of the profits stay in Marin. They will contribute heavily to the Novato landfill however! 35% of garbage comes from fast food restaurants. So how is it good for Novato? Oh ya it will bring in tax dollars from the sales tax. What is the cost of obesity? According to the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, the nonprofit public advocacy organization estimates that Marin residents who are overweight, obese and inactive cost the county more than $229 million in 2006. That is just the tip of iceberg. A new report issued by the center says statewide that figure amounted to $41 billion in 2006, nearly double the amount in 2000. "It's mind-boggling," said Larry Meredith, director of the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, responding to the size of the costs.
Scott Stokes July 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM
"The next step is obtaining a building permit and a demolition permit to knock down the closed-down Burger King at the site on 216 Vintage Way." Demolition, I don't think so. BK is all gone and site is leveled!
T.Sprocket July 23, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Scott, you are commenting on an article that was written in December of 2012.
Scott Stokes July 23, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Sorry, I did not notice that.

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