Could this Colorado city be next in line for an In-N-Out Burger?

AURORA — Colorado currently doesn’t have a single In-N-Out Burger location, but the iconic California fast-food chain could soon have as many as four restaurants in the state.

Plans are currently in place for In-N-Outs in Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Lone Tree and there is reason to believe a fourth location is in the works in Aurora.

Aurora city-planning documents show an unnamed “fast-food restaurant with drive-thru” concept has applied to demolish and rebuild the current TGI Friday’s location at 14150 E. Alameda Ave.

Included in planning documents for an unnamed fast-food restaurant in Aurora is an awning with In-Out-Burger’s palm tree logo. Courtesy Aurora planning documents.

In-N-Out representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 

Here’s why it’s likely this application is for an In-N-Out Burger:

  • The planning documents list the project applicant as Zell Cantrell of Galloway and Co., a Greenwood Village architecture and design firm. Cantrell and Galloway are also the applicant for the Fort Collins In-N-Out project application.
  • Exterior-design building drawings show plans to include In-N-Out’s distinctive red-palm-tree-on-white-background design on the restaurant awning. 
  • According to the development application, “nothing is pre-cooked and there are no cooked food holding bins” used in the restaurant. This is consistent with In-N-Out’s fresh fast-food philosophy. “We don’t freeze, pre-package or microwave our food,” according to the company’s website.
  • Kitchen specs in planning documents make specific references to capacity for cooking burgers, rather than fried chicken or burritos or sub sandwiches. In-N-Out is known for its simple menu that includes only burgers, fries and shakes.   
  • Certain documents submitted to Aurora planners include files with the words “INO CO Aurora” included in the title. “INO” could certainly mean “In-N-Out.”

Plans for the 14150 E. Alameda Ave. restaurant call for a 3,879-square-foot building with seating for 112 and 23-car drive-thru.

Construction is expected to take around six months, but it’s unclear when the project could break down. Aurora’s planning commission is scheduled to review the application in December.