We often hear from Californians that In-N-Out Burgers are the best in terms of quality, taste and value. Today, J.J. and I stopped by one of their outlets. Service is excellent and their employees seem happy and well-trained. So putting on my investigative reporter's cap, here is what I discovered:
1. In-N-Out Burger has about 35,000 employees and 89 restaurants. Most of them are located in Southern California. There are four locations in Las Vegas.
2. In-N-Out was founded in 1947 by Harry Snyder and his wife, Ester in Baldwin Park. Snyder did not have enough money to purchase a lot large enough for parking. Their solution was to build the business equipped with a two way speaker system so customers can order and drive-thru, thus In-N-Out.
3. In-N-Out is a family-owned business. Current CEO and President is the 32 year-old granddaughter of the original founders. The heiress is estimated to be worth more than $500 million.
4. You can order your burger medium rare and order your fries well-done.
5. Some of the items you can also order include: side of pre-packaged yellow chilies and root beer float. None of the In-N-Out food are prepackaged.
6. Iconic arrow logo stands for "the arrow points to pride and we all work under the same arrow."
7. In 1972, Harry Snyder introduced the crossed palm trees that stand outside most In-N-Out locations. The idea came from the 1963 movie It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, where the characters hunt for a buried treasure hidden beneath four crossed palms.
8. In-N-Out employees earn higher than other fast food restaurants. According to their press release, a store manager can earn $109,000 to $120,000 a year. This is far above average for fast food chains.
So the next time you pass by at one of the In-N-Out burgers where famous chef, late Julia Child used to love to "dine", you now know why employees are happy, service is excellent and the quality is far above other fast foods. Ah lucky Southern Californians and those who can visit one of the four sites in Las Vegas!
Aloha -- Cathi