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In-N-Out Burger just announced Meridian’s opening date. Here’s what you need to know, Idaho

Rub your eyes, Idaho – and your stomach. What you read is real.

Three years after In-N-Out unveiled plans to expand into Idaho, the chance to sink your teeth into a double-double “Animal-Style” cheeseburger has finally arrived. The grand opening date is here.

The Gem State’s first In-N-Out Burger opens Tuesday, Dec. 12, in a new building at 3520 E. Fairview Ave. at The Village at Meridian, according to a news release.

The lines will be long. And recently trained employees may suffer from it. In-N-Out is Idaho’s most dream fast food chain. The Irvine-based brand has been a California favorite for 75 years and has become a cultural icon.

According to the release, the location will be managed by Valene Henriquez, a 23-year veteran of In-N-Out. “The restaurant will employ approximately 80 In-N-Out Burger Associates with a starting wage of $17.50 per hour,” it adds. “There will be one drive-thru lane, indoor seating for 84 guests and a covered patio with outdoor seating for 32 guests. All In-N-Out Burger locations are open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and until 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.”

Idahoans in the know — and not just California transplants — will adjust their orders. Some may ask for a burger to be “mustard grilled.” Or ask for chopped chili peppers. Or indicate that they want their hand-cut fries cooked ‘lightly well’.

Some fast-food restaurants have reduced their footprints in recent years, but In-N-Out Burger in Meridian is not one of them.Some fast-food restaurants have reduced their footprints in recent years, but In-N-Out Burger in Meridian is not one of them.

Some fast-food restaurants have reduced their footprints in recent years, but In-N-Out Burger in Meridian is not one of them.

Still, the orders have to move along. Speed ​​of execution is one of In-N-Out’s strengths. Moreover, this new restaurant is built for many people. That drive-thru will be able to handle a long line of vehicles with both Idaho and California license plates.

Meridian’s In-N-Out is one of three proposed in the Treasure Valley. Plans are in the works for a Boise restaurant at 140 N. Milwaukee St., near the Boise Towne Square shopping center. And earlier this year, a building application was submitted to the city of Nampa. That store would be located at 16225 N. Marketplace Blvd., where TGI Fridays used to operate in the Treasure Valley Marketplace, according to previous Statesman reporting.

And oh, is Idaho ready. Six years ago, I polled Statesman readers asking which restaurant chain should come to Boise. A decisive 44% of the 4,588 votes were cast for In-N-Out Burger. The next closest was White Castle – at 8%.

Workers recently put the finishing touches on the new In-N-Out Burger in Meridian on a weekday in December.Workers recently put the finishing touches on the new In-N-Out Burger in Meridian on a weekday in December.

Workers recently put the finishing touches on the new In-N-Out Burger in Meridian on a weekday in December.

When I broke the news in 2020 that In-N-Out had set a five-year goal to expand into the greater Boise area, it was the start of a feeding frenzy in the local media.

In the time it’s taken for the first restaurant to open, Idaho’s appetite for In-N-Out has only grown.

So maybe pass on that Double-Double? Go bigger. Feed your face with a 4×4.

Or, if you live in Boise, be patient. Wait for the capital’s In-N-Out to open.

The line in Meridian could extend all the way to Boise anyway.

A Double-Double, fries and drink at In-N-Out Burger.A Double-Double, fries and drink at In-N-Out Burger.

A Double-Double, fries and drink at In-N-Out Burger.