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In-N-Out Plans Moving Forward

Restaurant at Vintage Oaks could be open by next summer.

The design plans for the new In-N-Out Burger location in Novato passed muster with the city's Design Review Commission on Wednesday, clearing the way for arguably the most anticipated opening of a fast food restaurant in the city's history.

In-N-Out made some cosmetic changes to its initial proposal to build a new restaurant at Novato's Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, and the commission gave it the OK at Novato City Hall. The next step is obtaining a building permit and a demolition permit to knock down the closed-down Burger King at the site on 216 Vintage Way.

In-N-Out said it would move an outdoor dining area away from the drive-thru lane, realign a pathway to save an existing tulip tree, replace palm trees over the drive-thru lane with other trees, screen a trash receptacle enclosure with a bush and several other alterations. For the most part, it's going to look like most other In-N-Outs.

Are you excited?

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Rev. Daniel Christian January 29, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I am happy to see this go forward. This is good for our city!
Michael Jenkins February 12, 2013 at 05:45 AM
No, actually Daniel it is not good for our city since Novato has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in Marin county. Obesity in America has reached a crisis point. Two out of every three Americans are overweight, one out of every three is obese. One in three are expected to have diabetes by 2050. Minorities have been even more profoundly affected. African-Americans have a 50 per cent higher prevalence of obesity and Hispanics 25 per cent higher when compared with whites. Sure you can, yes but that is not me, but we all pay the medical cost as all our premiums continue to go up. ALSO, In-and-out does not buy any other their products from Marin and NONE of the profits stay in Marin. They will contribute heavily to the Novato landfill however! 35% of garbage comes from fast food restaurants. So how is it good for Novato? Oh ya it will bring in tax dollars from the sales tax. What is the cost of obesity? According to the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, the nonprofit public advocacy organization estimates that Marin residents who are overweight, obese and inactive cost the county more than $229 million in 2006. That is just the tip of iceberg. A new report issued by the center says statewide that figure amounted to $41 billion in 2006, nearly double the amount in 2000. "It's mind-boggling," said Larry Meredith, director of the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, responding to the size of the costs.
Scott Stokes July 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM
"The next step is obtaining a building permit and a demolition permit to knock down the closed-down Burger King at the site on 216 Vintage Way." Demolition, I don't think so. BK is all gone and site is leveled!
T.Sprocket July 23, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Scott, you are commenting on an article that was written in December of 2012.
Scott Stokes July 23, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Sorry, I did not notice that.

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