With more than 340 locations across California, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and Texas, In-N-Out Burger is about to begin its Colorado expansion. The first In-N-Out Colorado Springs restaurant should open by 2020, and while a timeline has yet to be revealed, Denver outposts are expected to follow.
In Colorado Springs, construction is scheduled to start this spring on a regional production facility and distribution center for the chain, followed by its first Colorado restaurant located at the southeast corner of InterQuest and Voyager parkways in the Victory Ridge development, just across the highway from the United States Air Force Academy. The building process will take more than a year, according to Carl Arena, In-N-Out’s vice president of real estate and development.
“We continue to develop initiatives for our store locations … [but] we’re two years from serving a Double-Double [burger] in Colorado,” Arena said. “We’re very much looking forward to that, and we appreciate Coloradans who have shared that anticipation.”
Among In-N-Out’s anticipated menu items is that double-double burger with its two beef patties and two slices of American cheese. Then there are the not-so-secret menu options: a “4x4” or quad-quad, of four beef patties stacked with four slices of cheese; a burger made “animal-style” with the venerated house “spread,” a variant of Thousand Island dressing; and animal-style fries topped with said spread, melted cheese, and grilled onions.
Andy Klein of Westside Investment Partners, Inc. — on whose property this first Colorado In-N-Out phase will commence — said at the 2017 viral announcement: “It is the best burger around.” He added his own burger preference: “Four-by-four, animal-style, no pickles.”
In-N-Out was founded in Southern California in 1948 by Harry and Esther Snyder. Dressed in classic 1950s style, the stores offer just three main burger varieties: hamburger, cheeseburger, and double-double. French fries, fountain drinks, and milkshakes are also available. While celebrating the 300th In-N-Out location in 2015, the late Anthony Bourdain then declared the chain his favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. The former chef and host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” preferred his burger double double, animal style.