9 Random Facts About In-N-Out

In 1948, Harry Snyder and his wife, Esther, established the first In-N-Out burger in Baldwin Park, California. Since then, In-N-Out has grown to 290 locations and has expanded outside of California to Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Texas. Rated in several customer surveys to be one of the top fast food restaurants in the country, In-N-Out is known by its loyal customer base to provide high quality food and service. Here are some random facts about the popular restaurant chain.

1. The president is the youngest female billionaire in the U.S.

lynsi-martinez1-1024x682According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, the only grandchild of Harry and Esther Snyder and current In-N-Out presidident, Lynsi Torres, is the youngest female billionaire in the U.S. She inherited the company in 2006, when she was just 23 years old.


2. Private ownership

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The company is family-owned and has no plans of going public or franchising any units.


3. Employees are paid very well.

lThe average manager makes more than $100,000 a year plus full benefits and the possibility of rewards like all-expenses-paid vacations. In-N-Out is also one of the few fast food chains in the United States to pay its employees wages significantly higher than the state or federally mandated minimum wage. In California, employees start with a minimum of $10.50 an hour.


4. Secret menu

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It’s not so secret anymore (it’s listed on their website), but you can order items that are not listed on their regular menu.


5. 100×100 burgers?

Although you can order things that are not on the official posted menu, they won’t make items that are not on their official “secret” menu, for example, anything bigger than a 4×4. After some customers ordered a 100×100 burger at a Las Vegas location and posted pictures online, management banned anything larger than the 4×4.


6. Biblical references on their paper containers.

Printed discreetly on their packaging, are references to Bible verses, a reflection of the Christian beliefs of Rich Snyder, who is a born-again evangelical Christian. He started the practice in the 1980s when he was president of the company.

  • Burger and cheeseburger wrappers
    Revelation 3:20—“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
  • Beverage cups and replicas
    John 3:16—“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
  • Milkshake cups
    Proverbs 3:5—“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
  • Double-Double wrapper
    Nahum 1:7—“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”
  • Paper water cups (no longer in use for customers, they are now used by employees only)
    John 14:6—“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”
  • License plate keychain
    1 Corinthians 13:13—“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
  • Fry Boat
    Proverbs 24:16—“For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.”


7. Famous In-N-Out fans

bourdain-in-outIn-N-Out has a die-hard cult-like following, despite the fact that it’s only available in 5 states. Among those fans are some famous celebrities including celebrity chefs Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, and Gordon Ramsey. Julia Child carried around with her a list of store locations so she could find the nearest one when she wanted some burgers. Gordon Ramsey once said, “”In-N-Out burgers were extraordinary. I was so bad, I sat in the restaurant, had my double cheeseburger then minutes later I drove back round and got the same thing again to take away.”


8. Most locations have palm trees.

in-n-out-palm-treesMost In-N-Out locations have palm trees that are specifically planted to form an X. Founder Harry Snyder was a big fan of the film, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, which is about a search for hidden treasure buried under four palm trees that form a W. Palm trees also form part of the traditional In-N-Out motif reflecting the company’s Southern Californian roots.


9. There are no freezers, microwaves, or heat lamps.

InnoutOremIn-N-Out has a strict policy of serving all their food fresh. For this reason, they have no freezers, microwaves, or heat lamps and all locations are within one day’s drive to the closest regional distribution center.