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San Juan Capistrano rejects In-and-Out Burger, worries about creating 'Cholesterol Row'

April 22, 2010 |  7:49 am

A San Marcos In-N-Out burger, shown in 2009. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

There are a lot of cities that would eagerly welcome an In-and-Out drive-through burger restaurant in their town.

But not San Juan Capistrano.

The South Orange County city has rejected plans for the popular eatery to locate on one of the city's main drags amid concerns that Del Obispo Street had turned into "Fast Food Alley" and "Cholesterol Row."

Councilman Tom Hribar, who proposed the ban on new drive-throughs on the street, told the Orange County Register that another such restaurant would further clog already bad traffic. "That was the reason our citizens rebelled," Hribar said.

In-and-Out officials seem resigned to the idea that the San Juan Capistrano location is out of the question -- at least for now.

Fast Food Maven quoted In-N-Out executive Carl Van Fleet as saying: “As for San Juan Capistrano, that decision effectively kills that location for us. We will continue to look for opportunities in surrounding areas.”

The In-and-Out would have replaced a Sizzler restaurant.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: A San Marcos In-N-Out restaurant, shown in 2009. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times