10 things you may not know about In-N-Out Burger
Since its inception in the 1940s, In-N-Out has made it its mission to not only provide fresh and tasty food, but to do so as quickly as possible. In the decades since, they've served up a lot of burgers and secured their standing as one of America's most iconic quick-serve eateries.
Here are 10 facts about the fast food chain:
Number 10. It's offered drive-thru service the longest. Reportedly, the first known drive up window in America appeared in 1947 at a place called Red's Giant Hamburg in Missouri. They closed in 1984, however. As In-N-Out opened their car lane up in 1948 -- and is still in business -- they now hold the title.
Number 9. In-N-Out spreads the word. For years they've been including Biblical passage identifiers on their printed matter. Burger wrappers, cups, and fry containers are among the items that often feature a reference.
Number 8. Their managers make 6-figure salaries. Treating employees well is high on the company's list of priorities, and one way they do so is by paying them generously. In addition to their regular earnings, management personnel are eligible for store-performance based bonuses.
Number 7. In-N-Out is owned by the one of the world's youngest female billionaires. 32-year-old Lynsi Snyder inherited the company after the passing of her grandmother Esther in 2006, who founded the business with her husband, Harry. When Harry died in 1976, Lynsi's uncle and then her father ran the business until their respective deaths.
Number 6. A medium-well patty is standard but not the only option. If you prefer your beef cooked medium, or even medium-rare, all you need to do is say so. The same is true for preferred levels of bun toasted-ness.
Number 5. The crossed trees in front were inspired by a movie. The specific film is 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' in which treasure was discovered beneath a similarly arranged grouping. It was founder Harry Snyder's favorite, and the first trees were planted in 1972.
Number 4. Paris Hilton got a DUI driving to one. The socialite was craving a burger, but didn't end up getting one that night. On her way to the restaurant she was pulled over by police, and after a Breathalyzer test, she was arrested.
Number 3. It didn't branch out of California until the early '90s. When they did finally begin expanding past the state lines, In-N-Out opted to put their first non-Golden State outpost in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Number 2. The current owner is a big fan of drag racing. Lynsi Snyder is generally a reclusive type, but does make fairly regular appearances on the racing circuit. She inherited the passion – and 27 cars – from her father.
Number 1. In-N-Out once made a 100×100. In layman's terms that's 100 burger patties and 100 pieces of cheese put into a single bun. The amazingly ambitious feast was ordered by a group of friends enjoying a weekend in Las Vegas, and yes, they finished the whole thing.
What do you think is the most fascinating fact about In-N-Out?
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