In-N-Out prank? An official-looking banner popped up in Silverthorne, but the town says the burger joint isn’t coming.

After months of opening announcements and growing anticipation, another potential Colorado location for California fast-food franchise In-N-Out Burger seemed to surface over the weekend, this time all the way over in Summit County.

The picture, of an official-looking sign just off Interstate 70 in Silverthorne, shows the words “Here Soon” next to the burger company’s logo. It even includes a phone number to call for inquiries.

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“While the photo is real, it was a prank, as In-N-Out is not working on any prospective sites in Silverthorne,” Town Manager Ryan Hyland confirmed in an email to The Denver Post on Monday.

This isn’t the first time In-N-Out fanatics have planted somewhat convincing advertisements on random street corners or in vacant store windows, but the timing is especially deceiving.

By summer 2020, Colorado’s In-N-Out distribution center and offices will open in Colorado Springs, and the California company’s first stores will start to open along the Front Range by late next year or early 2021.

And in recent months, actual forthcoming In-N-Out locations along the Front Range — from Lone Tree to Aurora and Fort Collins — have started to surface, with the franchise submitting development proposals for 26-car drive-thru lanes to accommodate its Animal Style burger lovers.

The good news? In-N-Out’s Colorado distribution center can support around 50 stores eventually. So maybe dreams do come true, Silverthorne. But not yet.

“Good thing we have these posts to remind us about the places that In N Out might be going, are planning to be going, and are in the process of going,” one user, SeaBones, responded on the Reddit thread. “Now to sit back and wait for the posts updating us all on every stage of the building process of every location and the multiple opening day posts and the posts of pictures of food from there, lines, and other (expletive) for weeks post opening.”

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