In-N-Out is opening a Denver location

Big news in fast food this week: In-N-Out Burger is planning its first location in Denver.

According to a development proposal filed with the city, the California-based fast-food chain would open near the Northfield shopping center off I-70, at Central Park Boulevard and East 46th Avenue. Business Den was first to report the news Thursday.

Though no other In-N-Out stores are open yet in Colorado, this is the eighth location planned for the state and the first in Denver proper. Other planned locations are in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Lone Tree, Lakewood, Fort Collins and Aurora.

In-N-Out will start to debut its Colorado restaurants by the end of the year, according to the company. First to open will be Colorado Springs, where a regional distribution center is also under construction.

The site plans submitted to the city Tuesday call for a 3,879-square-foot fast food restaurant with a drive-thru and outdoor patio area. In-N-Out’s name doesn’t appear anywhere on the documents, but the mock-ups of the exterior bear the chain’s tell-tale red awnings with little red palm trees on the borders.

City planning officials caution that a concept plan is just the first step in the city’s development approval process and plans could change significantly before anything is actually built.

While many independent restaurants continue to struggle and close during the pandemic, others have been able to grow, even on a local level. In-N-Out has garnered a cult following for creations like the double-double and animal-style burgers, as well as milkshakes and fries.

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