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In-N-Out mania hits Idaho: Eight-hour lines greet grand opening

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Locals brave overnight camping for a bite of in-N-Out burger’s Idaho debut

In a frenzy of anticipation, Idaho welcomed its inaugural In-N-Out Burger in Meridian, a suburb of Boise, on December 12. Known nationwide for its delectable double-double burgers and ‘animal style’ fries, In-N-Out’s arrival sparked a wave of enthusiasm, with eager fans camping overnight in chilly 30-degree weather just to savor the iconic menu.

The grand opening witnessed an overwhelming turnout, with the drive-thru line extending into a nearby lot. A sign advised customers of the potential eight-hour wait in their cars, but undeterred by the prospect of a lengthy queue, thousands seized the opportunity to experience the famed fast-food establishment.

Patient patrons, expressing their enduring enthusiasm, revealed they had been eagerly awaiting In-N-Out’s arrival in the state for “twenty years.” One devoted customer shared, “I’ve been hopeful for a long time, I have been waiting for years,” emphasizing the dedication that many locals exhibited to be part of this culinary milestone.

In-N-Out Burger’s Idaho debut marked the opening of its 400th restaurant. Although the majority of its establishments currently dot the West Coast, the chain has ambitious plans to expand into Tennessee and New Mexico in the coming years.

For some, the grand opening wasn’t a one-time affair. Determined fans, despite the lengthy queues, returned for multiple visits to explore the entirety of the menu. One enthusiast proudly declared, “I’ve been here since 8:15. This is my third time through the line. So now the line is quite a bit longer but, pretty great. Already had the double-double. Now going back for a shake and maybe an animal-style fry.”

As thousands queued for hours, capturing the fervor on social media platforms like TikTok, the Idaho launch of In-N-Out Burger became a testament to the enduring popularity and cult-like following that the chain has garnered.

In-N-Out Burger’s expansion continues to captivate fans nationwide, and with plans for new locations on the horizon, the iconic brand’s influence is poised to grow even further.

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