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In-N-Out to Open in Encinitas After City Planners OK Permits

The burger outlet at 130 Calle Magdalena would boost traffic by 944 daily trips, city says.

In-N-Out’s request for permits to open in Encinitas was unanimously approved Thursday evening by the city Planning Commission.

The popular hamburger chain—which received approval for a major use permit, design review permit and coastal development permit—received the 5-0 blessing after a brief discussion on how an outlet here would affect traffic.

The restaurant—which hopes to open at 130 Calle Magdalena and take over parcels at 305 Encinitas Blvd. and 325 Encinitas Blvd.—would boost traffic by 944 daily trips in the area, according to associate city planner Todd Mierau.

Two speakers from the public said they were concerned how the traffic would affect the nearby preschool and other businesses.

Concerns of traffic were addressed by In-N-Out representative Kim Kennedy who said patrons can pick up their orders in the drive-thru within 4 minutes because of technology.

The proposed restaurant would be 3,750 square feet with plans to expand the parking lot from 112 parking spaces to 117 parking spaces.

The company also plans to build a drive-thru, create a new pedestrian path on Calle Magdalena and have a  temporary trailer during the construction of the restaurant, according to the staff report

Unless the Planning Commission vote is appealed, In-N-Out will be added to the city’s menu of fast-food offerings.

Final actions may be appealed to the City Council accompanied by the required filing fee within 15 calendar days, Mierau said.

Once construction begins, it could take just five months before the restaurant opens, according to Carl Van Fleet, In-N-Out’s vice president of planning and development.

The Encinitas location would be the region’s 18th.

How do you feel about In-N-Out coming to Encinitas? What’s your favorite menu item? Tell us in the comments.

Marti Rosenberg March 22, 2013 at 02:51 AM
I think this is a great idea! it will reduce the tardies at SDA and LCC after lunch since the students will not have to trek to Carlsbad anymore
Sarah Riccitelli March 22, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Yes we need one to avoid the highway.
laurie michaels March 22, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Yes, just what Encinitas needs... more artery clogging junk food, and more traffic. I wonder if this is what Kristen Gaspar meant while running for City Council when she said... "The best is yet to come".
Nancy Chapel March 22, 2013 at 06:13 AM
agree - may not be the healthiest food for high schoolers, but for the occasional indulgence this location will be closer, safer...positive addition to our community!
Al Ein March 22, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I hope that Vegan Fast food place opens up. I'm done with disease inducing fast food places. They are sooooo stupid and so much a part of the list of stupid things the baby boomer generation embraced. Baby Boomers- The most spoiled rotten and stupid generation in the history of the USA.
Boomer Sooner March 22, 2013 at 02:20 PM
That's why God mad Lipitor Laurie and Al. Bon appetit. BTW have you read about the cardiac disease in mummies. http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/mummies-display-signs-of-heart-disease-vb926eq-196789961.html
Jay Berman March 22, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Sonic would have been better ...
Chris Saunders March 22, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I'm happy Encinitas is getting an In-N-Out - but the location is terrible. It's next to one of the most traffic-clogged parts of the city. The area around I-5 and Encinitas Blvd is already a mess - and 944 car trips a day will make it a bigger mess. What were they thinking?
Frank H. Robles March 22, 2013 at 06:12 PM
In-N-Out.....Rocks...!!!
Daniel Woolfolk March 22, 2013 at 06:55 PM
I would love to see a vegan fast food place!
John E March 22, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Fortunately, we have plenty of good restaurants with healthful fare along 101. In-n-out has nothing on its menu for me, either.
John E March 22, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Al Ein, please don't generalize and engage in pointless generational name-calling. My wife and I are boomers, as is Laurie, and there is nothing on the In-n-Out menu for any of us. Fortunately the local 101 corridor is blessed with numerous good restaurants, and you can get whole grain vegan fast food nearby at Whole Foods, or even Subway.
Jill March 23, 2013 at 04:34 AM
In N Out is a favorite treat for my family. A perfect iconic addition to Encinitas! Fresh, quality delicious food. Welcome!
RATSJ March 23, 2013 at 06:13 AM
I suggest Ms. Gaspar visit this place often! (Note to Editor: please don't delete my comment. I have seen worse things on here). Thank you!
Heidi welsh March 23, 2013 at 08:03 AM
I work nearby up Saxony and find traffic terrible as it is now. Drive thru may seem fast but this is not an easy corridor to navigate. SDA/Sunset students by my house are not only inexperienced drivers but also will take freeway or Westlake, where a near fatality involving speed and a young driver just occurred. I personally also prefer veg options and lament overload of fast food chains in town.
Kelly McNeill March 24, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I agree Chris Saunders - I'm more concerned with how this development will clog the Encinitias Blvd cooridor than patrons' arteries. The left turn on to Saxony is already completely hectic.
Sally Pla March 25, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Artery-clogging and traffic-clogging. Not the nicest combination for Encinitas. I know their burgers are popular and delicious. But I wish our city would move more toward promoting healthier lifestyle choices and environmental awareness -- especially within walking distance of our beautiful ocean. Native Foods, by the way, has a killer taco that beats anything on In n Out 's menu hands-down.
Chris Rowan April 22, 2013 at 01:53 AM
I have one of the healthiest diets on the planet but I don't tell other people what to eat because it's none of my business. Live and let live.
Chris Rowan April 22, 2013 at 01:54 AM
So don't eat there. And while you're at it, stop judging people.
michael d. May 01, 2013 at 03:32 AM
you people have NOT AH CLUE.! encinitas was D.O.A when you all moved here !!!
Kurt Kiel May 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Build it over by Lecadia Blvd - Traffic on Encinitas Blvd is a complete disaster already
Frank H. Robles May 14, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Yeah they should have placed it , where they placed the Starbucks, How many Starbucks do we need in Encinitas...!!!

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