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Published on March 01, 2024
In-N-Out Burger Sets Sights on Ridgefield, Washington, for Its First Ever Location in the StateSource: City of Ridgefield

Fast-food aficionados in Washington are gearing up for a taste of the iconic In-N-Out Burger as the much-loved California chain gears up to open its first Washington location in Ridgefield. According to a city Facebook post cited by KATU, Ridgefield is prepping for the arrival of the burger joint, which is well-known for its secret menu items and animal-style specialties. The city's tease touts a unique design for the establishment and has promised that the burger giant's upcoming location will include sufficient queuing spaces to keep those notorious drive-through lines from spilling onto the streets.

An application to open the In-N-Out restaurant was filed as part of the Union Ridge Town Center commercial development, as planning documents submitted to the city revealed. Excitedly trying to contain the anticipation of a to-be-announced opening date, the city manager mentioned that the restaurant's design would be of a “unique and really high quality,” as Ridgefield City Manager Steve Stuart described in an interview obtained by The Columbian. In-N-Out has kept specifics under wraps, offering no concrete date for the groundbreaking or the eventual grand opening.

As residents wait with bated breath, Mike Abbate, In-N-Out's vice president of store development, explained, “It would be premature to comment on a timeline for an opening date or when we will even achieve our development application approval,” in a statement acquired by The Columbian. Abbate suggested that typically, In-N-Out restaurants take about eight to nine months to open once construction begins, paving the way for speculation on when Ridgefield residents might sink their teeth into a double-double, animal style.

Adding to the buzz, the company issued a media release expressing their enthusiasm for joining the community. “We look forward to the possibility of being a part of the Ridgefield community, and having this great location to serve our customers,” the company stated, as reported by KIRO 7. Construction timelines aside, it's clear the burger chain is cooking up serious plans for their Washington debut, champing at the bit to begin flipping patties at a yet unspecified date in the forthcoming Union Ridge Town Center, a cluster that will include a Costco and YMCA among others once complete.