City officials in Novato have confirmed the rumors that have been circulating all summer: In-N-Out Burger wants to construct a new restaurant at the site of at the .
According to Steve Marshall, a senior city planner, In-N-Out has submitted an application for design review that calls for demolition of the existing Burger King at 216 Vintage Way.
Marshall said Wednesday in an e-mail to Novato Patch that a public workshop will be held by the Design Review Commission on Sept. 19 to review the site design, architecture and landscape plan proposed for the new In-N-Out Burger.
Public notices about the meeting with location and time will be mailed this week, according to Marshall.
Like the lettuce on the burgers, the news is so fresh that project plans have not been delivered to the city, but Marshall expects them to be delivered by the end of the week.
Several messages left with the franchise owner of the Burger King have gone unreturned. Several Patch readers mentioned over the past few weeks that the restaurant was to be shut down, attributing the information to a Burger King employee.
In-N-Out announced that it was for a new restaurant in April 2011. It pinpointed a spot in Ignacio, site of a garden center and adjacent oil changing shop, and presented its plan at a in August 2011. Neighbors in that area immediately spoke up about the noise, lighting and traffic that would cause problems at that location. Eric Lucan, then a candidate for Novato City Council (and eventually successful at winnng a seat) wrote an opinion piece for Novato Patch about the pros and cons of having In-N-Out at that location.
In May, In-N-Out and said it would continue to look for a prime location in Novato. It settled on Vintage Oaks because the company prefers high-visibility locations and looks for “dynamic, high activity areas near retail mass, freeway locations, major intersections and commercial shopping center pads,” according to company literature. It also likes “easy ingress/egress, ability to use our 'classic' image.”
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