Joel Shannon, USA TODAY
Published 8:45 p.m. ET Nov. 20, 2020
In-N-Out Burger restaurant manager Saul Arreola shakes hands with the Colorado Springs restaurant's first customer, Ken Vizzini. A second location in Colorado also opened Friday, in Aurora. (Photo: Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)
The iconic California-based fast food chain In-N-Out opened its first restaurants in Colorado on Friday, and police say the line at one location led to highway backups as people waited in an hours-long line for their chance to order.
“Right now we estimate the line to be 1.5-2miles long & the wait is now 14 hours,” the Aurora Police Department tweeted Friday afternoon, although police acknowledged the line was so long it was difficult to estimate.
At about 4:30 p.m. local time, the police department said the final car had been marked and would likely get its order around 2 a.m.
At another new location in Colorado Springs, the restaurant’s first customer — a Southern California native — had slept in a truck outside the drive-thru since Tuesday, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports.
“I’m waiting for them to open so I can get a hamburger. I’m hungry,” Ken Vizzini told the paper. He said he had worried that Tuesday wouldn’t be early enough to be first in line.
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In-N-Out has attracted a cult following over its more than 70 years in business. The fast food chain has locations in only six other states: California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Oregon.
The brand touts its fresh ingredients and pristine locations. Its famed “secret menu” is now published on the chain’s website and many fans appreciate the brand’s consistent execution of its limited, burgers-and-fries-focused menu.
Among the chain’s famous fans: celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay.