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In-N-Out opened its first two Colorado locations on Friday, and people were ready to wait hours for the beloved chain’s food. The restaurants in Aurora and Colorado Springs both opened with drive-thru and take-out service, as indoor dining is currently closed because of the coronavirus.
The Aurora Police Department tweeted updates of the situation around the popular burger chain’s grand opening. “Traffic is double double animal style right now all around the mall. We are on hand helping manage the massive traffic response,” one tweet read, referencing the fan-favorite animal style serving of burgers and fries.
🚨 UPDATE 🚨 IN-n-Out burger is now at a TWELVE HOUR WAIT. I repeat TWELVE HOURS. Traffic is still significantly impacted in the area surrounding the mall. They will close before you get to the window most likely. Meanwhile many other local eateries do not have a wait hint hint.
— Aurora Police Dept 🇺🇸 (@AuroraPD) November 20, 2020
Around 2 p.m. local time, Aurora PD tweeted that the wait had increased to 12 hours. “They will close before you get to the window most likely,” the department warned. In-N-Out restaurants are open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., and until 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, according to Denver CBS Local. The Aurora location will only offer drive-thru service after 10 p.m. following local ordinances, CBS reported.
Reporter Ben Warwick shared an image of the long drive-thru line for the restaurant, compared a relatively meager line for COVID-19 testing.
For comparison: On the right, the line for COVID testing at Water World at 9:55 a.m. On the left, the In-N-Out line (which wraps AROUND THE MALL) in Aurora at 10:15 a.m.
— Ben Warwick (@BenCBS4) November 20, 2020
Kate Klann at The Gazette shared another look at the line.
Just a small section of the line here at the grand opening of In-N-Out in Colorado Springs this morning. The first drive thru customer started waiting in line on Tuesday. @csgazette pic.twitter.com/TnuMXdaPxJ
— khklann (@khklann) November 20, 2020
In-N-Out has more 350 locations in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Oregon, and now Colorado, according to The Gazette. The chain is reportedly looking at adding more Colorado locations, and the nearby distribution facility can potentially serve up to 50 restaurants, The Gazette reported.