In what could either be the greatest thing – or worst thing Emeryville has ever seen, the Powell Street Plaza shopping center may be getting an In-N-Out Burger. With the current closest location being Alameda, the convenience would be a welcome one for fans of the popular, California grown burger chain. But can the notoriously bottlenecked area of Christie and Shellmound handle the addition of vehicle traffic it is sure to bring?
The September City Progress report notes:
Conditional Use Permit In-N-Out Burgers, 5701 Christie Avenue. A Minor Conditional Use Permit and Design Review application to add 54 square feet of building area and for exterior changes and a revised site plan for a new In-N-Out Burgers at an existing Burger King restaurant was submitted on September 20 (pending).
The proposed project would develop the existing 3,677 sq. ft. Burger King building on a 29,280 sq. ft. lot into a In-N-Out Burger and include:
- 57 indoor seats
- 4 outdoor tables with 16 outdoor seats
- 20 parking spaces including 1 ADA and clean air/van pool spaces
- 9 short-term bicycle parking with rack
The restaurant would operate 7 days a week, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM Sunday through Thursday, and from 10:00 AM to 1:30 AM on Friday and Saturday.
The privately owned burger chain is known for it simple, yet customizable menu and a highly loyal customer base. They also have a well-earned reputation for treating their employees well (unlike the business it would be replacing). They’re also known for snaking lines of vehicles through their drive-thru’s and it’s difficult to imagine how the Powell Street Plaza lot could accommodate this.
As proposed, the initial application submitted by In-N-Out requires a Minor Conditional Use Permit and Minor Design Review. Minor permits are reviewed by Emeryville’s City Planning Division and do not require Planning Commission approval. In-N-Out has not provided a timeline for providing revised plans.
[Update: Post initially indicated the building as 29,280 sq. ft. which is the lot size.]