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Sudden demolition of historic In-N-Out Burger eatery upsets some in city

April 15, 2011 |  1:29 pm

Photo: Demolition work continues at the historic In and Out site in Baldwin Park. Credit: Bob Pool / Los Angeles Times The sudden demolition this week of one of the oldest In-N-Out locations in Baldwin Park, the hamburger chain’s birthplace, has some city officials upset over the loss of what they had considered a landmark historic site.

The In-N-Out on Francisquito Avenue, which has been in existence since the 1950s, was next to the site of the first-ever In-N-Out, now occupied by a overpass support mound for the San Bernardino Freeway. The just-demolished outlet had been shuttered for some time before crews came through with bulldozers and forklifts this week.

Baldwin Park Councilwoman Monica Garcia told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that the demolition “was a complete shock to all of us." The city’s mayor, Manuel Lozano, told the paper he would personally have stopped it if he had realized what was coming.

A company representative stressed that the razed location was neither the original In-N-Out, nor the oldest one in existence — that location is in Pasadena, the chain’s vice president, Carl Van Fleet, wrote in an email. He said the company was weighing building on the now-empty site a replica of the first In-N-Out as it looked in 1948.

“This building needed to come down as it was in bad shape,” he wrote. “The original In-N-Out restaurant came down when the 10 freeway was built.”

At least one city councilman won’t be missing the old location — Councilman Ricardo Pacheco said Friday that he felt the change was necessary for the area.

“It’s blighted area, and any change is welcome there,” he said. “To me, it was an eyesore.”

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-- Victoria Kim and Bob Pool in Baldwin Park

Photo: Demolition work continues at the historic In and Out site in Baldwin Park. Credit: Bob Pool / Los Angeles Times

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