In-N-Out Demolishes Oldest Remaining Location to Build Museum Honoring Said Location

The only gift Baldwin Park gave to the world was In-N-Out, and you know this to be so when its hometown paper, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, describes the chain's oldest-remaining location as the "city's most notable landmark." It hadn't been open since 2004, because In-N-Out officials had unveiled a newer location nearby and planned to refurbish the older space--dating back to 1954--as a museum.

That's not going to happen anymore. The Tribune reported yesterday that In-N-Out had that structure demolished so they could--yep!--build a replica of that building to use as a museum. There's that OC influence infiltrating into the all-American company.

Seriously? Ugh ... this reminds me of San Juan Capistrano kicking out Ignacio Lujano from the city's last major orange grove to uproot it and make it into a municipal yard to take care of the city's open space; of evil developer William Lyon uprooting thousands of acres of orange groves, then growing a boutique for himself in his Coto de Caza antebellum mansion. Take it, Joni!


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Itburns104
Itburns104

I enjoy your work, (even when you bag on my beloved RSM), and must ask, do we know why this action was taken? Unfortunately, many historical structures have been deemed unsuitable for other uses, due to the more stringent post-1987 earthquake codes. Recognizing that the organization in question is a bit secretive, it would be interesting to know the rationale, here.

Thanks, G.A. !

DanGarion
DanGarion

I don't think this is true, I remember watching Huell Howser do a show at this location and they specifically said it wasn't the the original nor the oldest location. I think they said the oldest location was demolished for a freeway expansion.

Cunning Stunts
Cunning Stunts

There are some people at my work that are big fans off Five Guys. I like to stir it up and talk about how In N Out is so much better. I do it more to get a rise out of them and because its a California Institution and I am proud to be a Californian. I am running out of things to attack Five Guys with. Its mostly out of fun, but I thought I would turn to the readers for more ammo. Here is what I have said

everything steams in that foil wrapper so its a soggy mess and the lettuce wiltsfries are totally limp expensive

JB
JB

Great post - and sad.

I recently visited the oldest operating McDonalds (the third restaurant in its history) in Downey and was breathless. At least there, the museum was built next to the structure.

To me, this is just another sign of the decline of (the allegedly once mighty, before I moved to Cali) In N Out.

The Late Ixo
The Late Ixo

When the Fat Cats see stories like this from the alternative press -- clichés that divert attention from real problems but appeal to the nose-pickers out there -- they sit back comfortably, puff on their Havanas, and say, "You didn't ask 'how high,' Doofus."

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You should call yourself RSM Guy haha! No comment from the In-n-Out people, but they've said in the past the building was antiquated. Maybe, but heaven knows they have money to upgrade, like McDonald's did with its classic Downey location...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

No, their burgers are still what they've always been. But the massive expansion efforts, the disregard for themselves? Not so much...

Jack
Jack

The amount of community pressure it took for McDonalds not to demolish the one in Downey was impressive. They immediately declared the building unsafe within a few hours of the Whittier earthquake (which it turned out wasn't true), apparently because the location was not considered an earner. I think it's less OC when these things happen than it is corporate.

Itburns104
Itburns104

Perhaps, yes. Meet you at Celinda's for a Chile Relleno. Maybe you will share the secret of how a food critic manages to maintain a slender visage (not photochop, we hope).

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