(KGTV) - California's beloved burger stop, In-N-Out Burger, is making a move eastward in opening its first Colorado restaurant.
The cult favorite burger joint among Californians plans to begin opening restaurants in the Centennial State, starting near Colorado Springs. No timeline was given, however, for when the first restaurant would open.
In a statement to 10News, In-N-Out Vice President of Development Carl Arena said the company intends to begin laying the groundwork to open future locations in Colorado, including a patty distribution center:
"In-N-Out Burger is excited to be in the early planning stages of its expansion to the state of Colorado. We are working on plans to build a patty production facility and distribution center in Colorado Springs to support future restaurants in Colorado.
Colorado Springs is an ideal community for us to locate facilities to serve surrounding markets with fresh ingredients, including meat patties produced locally."
In-N-Out currently operates more than 325 restaurants in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas and Oregon.
Arena said a number of customers have been encouraging the company to open in Colorado, "for some time."
"Because we are still in the early development phase, we don’t yet have a timeline for the construction of either our support facilities or future restaurants. However, the steps we are taking now represent the first of many on the road to serving customers in Colorado," Arena's statement read.
The burger chain known for Double-Doubles, fries and shakes, and "Animal Style" began in Baldwin Park, Calif., in 1948.
The company has built a cult following from its approach to delivering fresh food to locations daily, requiring many locations to be built within a reasonable distance to production and distribution facilities.