Snubbed again: In-N-Out burger chain expands in Austin, but still no Houston plans
Nearly a year after CultureMap Austin first reported on the possibility, In-N-Out Burger has announced it's opening a second location in the state capital. But there still don't appear to be any plans to open in the state's largest city.
In a statement to Community Impact, In-N-Out confirmed it is actively seeking permits to take over a former Wendy's location at 3701 S. Lamar Blvd. in Austin. In-N-Out will join neighborhood burger joints like P.Terry's, Phil's Ice House and the soon-to-open Shake Shack, making South Lamar a true burger boulevard.
Houstonians interested in attracting the chain established a Facebook page, asking people to join "this page so we can send it to their headquarters and get one!"
Though Carl Van Fleet, In-N-Out's vice president of planning and development, would not confirm an opening date, he told Community Impact that new restaurants typically open about five months after securing the necessary permits.
In-N-Out's South Lamar shop marks the second Austin location for the burger chain, and the fourth for the greater metro area. In addition to its outpost on Airport Boulevard and I-35, In-N-Out also has locations in Round Rock and Cedar Park.
While the California burger chain has several locations in Dallas and one in San Antonio, in addition to the four in central Texas, it has not expressed an interest in entering the competitive Houston burger market, as most recently reported by Eater Houston. Nevertheless Houstonians interested in attracting the chain established a Facebook page, asking people to join "this page so we can send it to their headquarters and get one!"
As CultureMap previously reported, Shake Shack has expressed interest in a Houston location, but has not announced a timeline or location.
CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh contributed to this article.