In-N-Out Wants to Replace Burger King at Vintage Oaks

Company submits an application for design review to build a new restaurant at the site of Burger King. Public workshop scheduled for September 19.

City officials in Novato have confirmed the rumors that have been circulating all summer: In-N-Out Burger wants to construct a new restaurant at the site of at the .

According to Steve Marshall, a senior city planner, In-N-Out has submitted an application for design review that calls for demolition of the existing Burger King at 216 Vintage Way.

Marshall said Wednesday in an e-mail to Novato Patch that a public workshop will be held by the Design Review Commission on Sept. 19 to review the site design, architecture and landscape plan proposed for the new In-N-Out Burger. 

Public notices about the meeting with location and time will be mailed this week, according to Marshall.

Like the lettuce on the burgers, the news is so fresh that project plans have not been delivered to the city, but Marshall expects them to be delivered by the end of the week.

Several messages left with the franchise owner of the Burger King have gone unreturned. Several Patch readers mentioned over the past few weeks that the restaurant was to be shut down, attributing the information to a Burger King employee.

In-N-Out announced that it was for a new restaurant in April  2011. It pinpointed a spot in Ignacio, site of a garden center and adjacent oil changing shop, and presented its plan at a in August 2011. Neighbors in that area immediately spoke up about the noise, lighting and traffic that would cause problems at that location. Eric Lucan, then a candidate for Novato City Council (and eventually successful at winnng a seat) wrote an opinion piece for Novato Patch about the pros and cons of having In-N-Out at that location.

In May, In-N-Out and said it would continue to look for a prime location in Novato. It settled on Vintage Oaks because the company prefers high-visibility locations and looks for “dynamic, high activity areas near retail mass, freeway locations, major intersections and commercial shopping center pads,” according to company literature. It also likes “easy ingress/egress, ability to use our 'classic' image.”

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Tom Benjamin September 07, 2012 at 12:36 AM
In & Out 'Sucks'? compared to all other fast food joints I'll 'Suck' their food any day, but what will this do to Petaluma's Fast Food Economy?
Tracey Ruiz September 07, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Do you think a one-way loop around Vintage Oaks would work for traffic? Traffic would flow in one direction along the front of the mall and all exit in one direction on the road behind. I've always thought it should be considered, especially when it gets super busy around the holidays. Maybe an option when Hanna Ranch project opens and uses those roads to enter and exit.
Bill September 07, 2012 at 04:37 AM
OOPS!!!!! OAKLAND -- A specialized menu is not the only secret popular fast food chain In-N-Out Burger has, a law firm has alleged in a class-action lawsuit filed against the Orange County company. According to the Tidrick Law Firm, In-N-Out burger also has an illegal practice of refusing to hire African-Americans and applicants over 40-years-old. . . . . . . See the IJ article for the rest of this story.
Lothrop Withington Jr. September 07, 2012 at 07:29 AM
sheri - what makes you think they "forced the nursery that was in the old location they wanted to move into and then never moved there" ? Is that just an assumption, or do you know something the rest of us don't. As I understand, In-N-Out never purchased the land because the land under the service station was contaminated. I also understand that the nursery was struggling to turn a profit. Please don't make it look like In-N-Out put them out of business if they went out on their own. Heck, it could have ended up better for them if In-N-Out had bought them out. Closing on their own they probably walked away with nothing.
Michael Jenkins October 01, 2012 at 11:18 PM
It is amazing to me the amount of support a fast food restaurant gets. We all know that fast food is not good for us, but we still want it. The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study (2010) monitored the eating habits, recreation and activity levels of 3,021 young adults over 15 years. The results suggested that fast food can cause extensive health issues, and that the connection goes beyond fast food and obesity. A new report indicates that 50% of adults will be obese by 2030. CARDIA revealed that people who ate fast food two or more times a week experienced an average weight gain of 10 pounds more than study participants who ate fast food less than once a week. The study also proved that regular fast food consumption increased the risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. This risk is heightened further with other lifestyle factors such as alcohol consumption, little exercise and smoking. How about the motto buy local? In-and-out does not purchase any of their products in Marin and NONE of the profits stay in Marin. How about recycling? No. America's fast food culture is hurting more than our waist lines. With its grab-and-go, overly packaged food stuffed with unnecessary condiments, fast food outlets are our country's primary source of urban litter and a significant hurdle to local communities' waste diversion goals. Yes, I get it. It tastes good and it's cheap. If cigarettes were cheap and taste good would you smoke?


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