Monday, May 9, 2011
Photos: In-N-Out Burger to open Frisco and Allen branches on Wednesday
Grand opening at 10:30 a.m.
In an email, Van Fleet said that the official time was 10:30 a.m., "but we will open earlier if we have customers waiting." How much earlier would you guess "earlier" is? I'm thinking like 7:30 a.m.
The rumored date had been May 12. An employee who was leaving the Allen store late Saturday said he didn't know exactly when opening day was, but that store openings in "So-Cal" often occurred on Thursdays. Guess "Texas" isn't on the same page as "So-Cal."
Photos are below of the Allen store, taken on Saturday, May 7, all shiny and ready to roll:
Photo (above) shot from Village at Allen, walking along the non-sidewalk that's in front of the Marriott Hotel. The road stretching across is named "Allen Station Parkway" and is perpendicular to Stacy Road, the main drag that runs between Village at Allen and Village at Fairview.
Store interior, shot from door by back parking lot.
Very strange rock garden that serves as "bed" for various doomed plantings.
Bizarre, eye-catching X-shaped configuration of palm trees. Is it good for palm trees to be planted at an angle like that?
Outdoor patio seemed strangely disconnected in that there was no direct route or obvious door to get there from the restaurant.
In-N-Out menu on wall. Not that what's on the menu matters. You're supposed to order off-menu items, that's the whole point, so you can feel "cool."
This guy is one of FOUR people who got out of their cars and came running up as we were there taking photos to ask if we were involved with the restaurant, did we know what day it was opening, when would opening day be, did we have any idea when the restaurant would be open for business?
Store hours on door show that the branch will be open very late at night. How long will that last in Allen?
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
In 1948, Harry and Esther Snyder founded In-N-Out Burger, California's first "drive-thru" hamburger stand. Today, hamburgers are still made-to-order, shakes are still made with real ice cream and In-N-Out associates are still treated like family. Beginning May 11, 2011, In-N-Out hamburgers, shakes and fries will be served in Texas as their first locations open in Frisco & Allen.
As with all locations, fresh ingredients will be supplied to the restaurants from In-N-Out. Hamburger patties are made from 100% pure American beef and whole chucks are boned and ground by In-N-Out's own butchers. All patties are produced and delivered fresh throughout the week to the restaurants and are never frozen. French fries are made from fresh, whole potatoes and are hand diced. A warehouse and a state-of-the art patty production facility have been established in Dallas that will allow In-N-Out to serve all of Texas.
Scott Bayliss will manage the restaurant at 2800 Preston Road in Frisco and Nick Palmini will manage the restaurant at 190 East Stacy Road, Allen, collectively they have 23 years experience with In-N-Out Burger. Each restaurant will employ approximately 60 In-N-Out Burger Associates with a starting wage of $10 per hour. There will be one drive-thru lane, with seating for 75 guests. All In-N-Out Burger locations are open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
In-N-Out has locations throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and now Texas. Other locations under construction in Texas are Dallas-Caruth Haven, Fort Worth, Dallas-Coit Rd., Las Colinas, and Arlington. In-N-Out expects to open 10-12 locations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex within the next 12 months. In-N-Out is still owned and operated by the Snyder family and none of the units are franchised.
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