10 Things You Didn’t Know About In-N-Out

The chain still has a few tricks under its sleeve

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There's no resisting the lure of the Double Double Animal Style.

Of all the burger chains in America, the one with arguably the biggest cult following may be In-N-Out Burger, with Shake Shack a close second. There are 295 locations of the beloved chain nationwide, and while loyal devotees might think that they know everything there is to know about the inventor of the Double Double Animal-Style, there are still plenty of things to learn about In-N-Out.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About In-N-Out (Slideshow)

The first In-N-Out, a small stand with just enough room to prepare the burgers, opened in 1948 in Baldwin Park, Calif. Founders Harry and Esther Snyder had a novel idea: Allow customers to drive directly up to the restaurant, order through a two-way speaker box, and be handed their meal without even getting out of their car. The original stand was demolished years ago in order to construct a freeway.

In 1951, a second In-N-Out Burger opened, and by the time that Harry Snyder passed away in 1976, there were 18 locations. His sons Rich and Guy took over, each continuing to expand the chain while maintaining the strict quality and cleanliness levels that Harry implemented. 93 locations were open by the time Guy passed away in 1993, and there were 140 when Rich passed away in 1999. 

Today, the chain is run by Guy’s daughter, 31-year-old Lynsi Torres (née Snyder), and while she keeps a low profile, she’s doing a great job of carrying on her grandfather’s company. Her commitment to not change anything about the company has paid out in dividends, as the no-frills menu of burgers, fries, and shakes prepared with the freshest ingredients has bucked trends like breakfast, which just about every other chain is currently serving.

While In-N-Out might seem rather no-frills from the outside with its super-simple menu and speedy service, there are still a few tricks up the chain’s sleeve that you might not know about. Read on to learn 10 things that you didn’t know about In-N-Out.

There are No Franchises

Just about every fast food chain is excited to sell off franchises to prospective restaurateurs and let them handle managing the location but for Torres, franchising means one less thing under company control. The only real way to make sure that every location is 100 percent up to company standards is to make them all company-owned, and that’s exactly what she’s done.

Lynsi Torres is the Youngest American Female Billionaire

Due to a string of family deaths, the 31-year-old Torres is now the sole owner of the chain, which is worth about $1 billion. The company’s wealth is controlled by a trust, which granted her half of the company when she turned 30, and she’ll get the other half when she’s 35.


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Best burger ever made!


I went to school at Covina HS (class of '52) and the Inn-n-Out
was a favorite hang-out of my friends. Harry had 2 or 3 picnic
benches on the South side of the #1 I-N-O (which was on the S/W
corner of Garvey Blvd [later to become I-10] and Francisquito
Ave) in B/P.) and we'd gather there in the evening - or at the Hula
Hut around the corner on Valley (in 5-Points). Harry was a great guy and we all liked him. I recall one evening when we helped him put out a fire in his F/F cooker. The 2d store (as I recall), when the #1 was razed, was across Garvey on Francisquito. For some reason, it was never as popular with the CUHS folks. One of the guys from class of "50" - "Dub" Thomas -as rumor had it - moved to Florida after school and managed the first I-N-O in Florida. I can still taste those burgers and when we visit family in S.Cal, we always stop at one of the places enroute, and it brings back fond memories. Murray LaHue

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