Yes, In-N-Out Is Indeed "Looking at a Few Specific Sites in the Dallas Area." Now, See You at Maple & Motor for Lunch?
And so off I went: On Monday I called my old pal Carl Van Fleet, vice president of planning and development for In-N-Out, to whom I spoke last July about those persistent rumors. Back then, he said "we are evaluating as part of our long-term growth planning a variety of markets, including Dallas, and part of that evaluation involves investigating sites." Very non-specific. Very non-promising.
So. I get to the office this morning to find this message from Van Fleet, left on my voice mail at 7:20 p.m. yesterday:
"I know there were a lot of blog reports and Web site reports about us and sites. And we are looking at a few specific sites in the Dallas area -- that part is true. But it is way too early for us to get specific about sites and even extremely premature to speculate as to when we might actually ... if or when we might actually be selling hamburgers there. We're still in the early stages of lookin' at some sites and working on a few deals, and a lot could still change in that regard. I hope that helps. Give me a call if you have any further questions."I've called him back -- sure, I've got further questions, why not? You know, when I lived in Los Angeles for about two years in the mid-1990s, I lived two blocks from an In-N-Out. Ate there, like, four times. I mean, it was good-n-all, but ...