In-N-Out Burger Wants RSM on the Double-Double

The popular burger restaurant has eyes on Rancho Santa Margarita next to the Ford dealership and toll road.

Rancho Santa Margarita area residents may be able to fill their In-N-Out urge in 2012 without having to drive to Foothill Ranch to do so.

City officials met recently with representatives of In-N-Out Burger and continued to try to hammer out details and ideas that would bring the iconic Southern California chain restaurant to Santa Margarita Parkway in a lot next to the Santa Margarita Ford auto dealership. 

A memo from RSM city staff indicated that In-N-Out "is moving forward with its plans to come to Rancho Santa Margarita. They are planning to construct a restaurant similar to the one that currently exists at the former Kaplan's Deli site in Costa Mesa (off Harbor Blvd.)."

Mike Bailey, regional real estate manager for Irvine-based In-N-Out, said the company has been in talks with Jim Graham, owner of the , for a piece of land on the property. He indicated that Graham and city representatives have been nothing but helpful.

"The deal I have presented to senior management has been approved," Bailey said. "We don't go through these exercises for nothing. We talked to the city and I think we'll be very successful getting a building permit. There's a lot that has to be put into it, but it involves our ability to work with CalTrans. The kicker is really CalTrans."

Ingress and egress issues—basically getting in and out of the site—would have to be resolved through CalTrans.

At this stage, nothing official has happened. In-N-Out has yet to file any papers with the city, but it has clearly indicated it desires to be in Rancho Santa Margarita.

"I’m very confident there’s going to be a store in RSM," Bailey said. "Everyone I’ve talked to in RSM has been very receptive, but we haven’t started the process yet. It’s a process that has to play itself out. I’m very comfortable with what we put together and very hopeful we're going to open a store."

John Crandall June 22, 2011 at 01:20 AM
Finally! I've hoped for this for a while!
Mike Proctor June 22, 2011 at 02:45 AM
Its better then a Big-Lots.
gary June 22, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Pat Knight June 22, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Great idea..Finally no more runs to Foothill!
IL June 22, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Love to have an In & Out. But, also a Corner Bakery and a Whole Food Market. Get rid of Big Lots!
Teri Maihen June 22, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Cheryl June 22, 2011 at 08:13 PM
YAY In-N-Out! It would be nice to have a Costco as well!
April Josephson June 23, 2011 at 10:15 PM
In N Out is a welcome addition, but actually, so is Big Lots! They bring sales tax revenue to the city and have kept it clean. I've found top-quality name brands and even organic foods there. You'd be surprised at some of the close outs and over runs they will have at times. We could use something like a Whole Foods—I personally would prefer a Mother's Market, since they are locally owned and have better selections and pricing. That has been my hope for the spot next to Big Lots!
Mike T July 17, 2011 at 06:09 PM
So long Burger King and OC Burger. Welcome to the neighborhood In N Out!!
Sharon Thompson July 17, 2011 at 11:32 PM
What welcome news! Nothing like an In 'n Out burger, fries and a shake. Best burgers around and they are a local company. YEAH for RSM!
Jerry Farcone July 18, 2011 at 04:57 AM
I agree... In-N-Out would be a great addition to RSM and would be welcomed by many others that i know. Bye Bye Burger King!
Brad Connelly December 02, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Hello Double Double good bye Wopper!
Jen February 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Ilona February 06, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Sharon Thompson February 06, 2013 at 02:09 AM
The anticipation builds everytime I drive by the In 'n Out almost finished RSM place of gastronomical delight!


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