The City Council on Monday heard a proposal by In-N-Out Burger to open a new 3,879 square-foot restaurant with drive-through service and an outdoor dining area at the site of the former Cameron’s Seafood, at 1978 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.
During the Predevelopment Plan Review (PPR) of the proposed restaurant on Monday, lawyer Scott Jenkins presented a brief overview of the project before the City Council on behalf of the applicant.
The purpose of the PPR is to provide applicants early consultation with City staff to familiarize the applicants with procedures that apply to the project, and to brief Councilmembers.
Jenkins told the Council that the project is seen to reduce the demand and traffic queuing up on Foothill Boulevard where the other In-N-Out Burger is located.
Under the applicant’s proposal, the one-story restaurant will offer ancillary outdoor dining areas, 45 parking spaces and 29 drive-through lane queuing spaces in the proposed site.
According to Jenkins, the In-N-Out company opens only about four or five restaurants in the Western parts of the United States every year.
“As you probably are aware, there is high demand among cities to get a new In-N-Out restaurant.”
“It’s a good effort to consider an In-N-Out Burger. A lot of us are fans of In-N-Out. They have a good product and we think it will be nice to have another one in Pasadena,” Jenkins told the City Council.
During the meeting, Katherine Moran, City Associate Planner, who presented the PPR before the Council, said the In-N-Out Burger should submit all necessary zoning requirements and a conditional use permit to establish a drive-through business.
A variance to deviate from the requirement that a fast food drive-through should be separated from another fast food drive-through by 500 feet is also required to be submitted by the company, among others, according to Moran, as the proposed project is located approximately 100 feet south of a Taco Bell, which is located at 1953 East Colorado Boulevard.
According to Moran, the proposed construction of In-N-Out Burger in Pasadena has been determined by the City’s Planning Director to be of “major importance to the City” and said the project “meets the qualification of community-wide significance.”