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In-N-Out Burger Delivers Early, Opens Today

Forget Valentine's Day, get in line on Feb. 13 to experience Rancho Santa Margarita's newest restaurant.

It only figures that a drive-thru that features a Double Double would open for business on the double. As in, a day earlier.

Instead of opening on Valentine's day, the In-N-Out Burger in Rancho Santa Margarita throws open its doors officially on Wednesday, according to vice president Carl Van Fleet.

The iconic Southern California burger chain had all its permits approved last week, allowing for it to open earlier than expected.

Still, the restaurant has been a long time coming. Initially, it was hoped it would open by the beginning of the year, but good things come to those who wait.

In-N-Out had its soft opening on Tuesday night, 5-8 p.m., as the staff ironed out the kinks and served friends and family. Among the city leaders in attendance were current councilmembers Tony Beall, Brad McGirr and Jesse Petrilla, former councilman Jerry Holloway, and planning commissioners Peter Whittingham, Kent Hayden, Mike Vaughn and April Josephson.

Van Fleet said the company has hired about 30 new associates and had about a dozen local residents working elsewhere transfer into the RSM store. There are still a few more people to hire.

Regular hours will be Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Van Fleet said the store prefers to open "business as usual" rather than to pomp and circumstance. Van Fleet figured on opening day, with the anticipated line, the store could open as early as 9:30.

"We won't open that door any later than 10," he said.

Prediction: There will be a line—and they'll be ready for it.

PaulRSM February 14, 2013 at 12:36 AM
I just took my kids there after school today. Nice crowd, but we beat the after school rush by a few minutes. Great burgers as always. Our order inside went without a hitch. If the adjoining car dealership would place some classic cars next to the parking lot on a weeknight, I bet that would generate more customers for both the dealer and In-N-Out.
April Josephson February 14, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Thank you to In N Out for the invitation to the soft opening. I met a lot of their great employees and families there. This is a wonderful addition to RSM!
Kurt Stout February 14, 2013 at 04:43 AM
AWESOME FIRST DAY!!! We were the first to go thru drivethru and first official order! We got free food, shirts, stickers,hats, and coins for free burgers (which we will NEVER use and keep forever!!!!) BEST DAY EVER!!!! Love In-N-Out!!! It was worth missing some school to be part of RSM history....
Martin Henderson (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 06:43 AM
Congratulations, Kurt. That store will probably be there forever and you'll always be No. 1. What time did you get in line, and which classes did you ditch? (it would be really funny if one of them was a cooking class)

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