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The official word comes from the future burger powers: The first two Colorado locations of In-N-Out Burger, the Southern California chain with the following cult, will open in Aurora and Colorado Springs on Friday, November 20. Both branches will be open to drive-through customers from 10 a.m. So if you’re planning on joining the burger frenzy, be sure to pack lunch so you can have something to eat while waiting in line.
The Colorado Springs outpost, 1840 Democracy Point, was the first In-N-Out to begin construction on the state after the company announced it was coming to Colorado three years ago. The Aurora In-N-Out at 14150 East Alameda Avenue was soon catching up. A lone tree location is also in the works, and locations in Thornton, Northeast Denver and Fort Collins have been suggested, among others.
The two fast food restaurants will debut on the first day many districts along the Front Range have stricter COVID-related restrictions so they will open without access to the dining room. This is likely to result in long lines of cars in the drive-through lanes. Even if you don’t plan on shopping for an Animal-style burger, be aware that there may be traffic growls on the streets around the restaurants.
Of course, if you want a great burger there are plenty of places to grab a bite without any problems.
On our list of the best local burger chains in 2019, only CHUBurger has closed permanently, and Snarfburger has expanded to include two new outposts in Denver. And if you’re looking for something old-fashioned, we’ve got a list of ten classic Denver burger places too.
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Mark Antonation is the Westword Food & Drink Editor. He began eating and writing about every restaurant on Federal Boulevard, and continues to cover the diverse international food scene on Metro Denver and the city’s rapidly changing dining landscape. Mark was named an Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association in 2018.