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  • Writer's pictureRay Benavidez

What is In-N-Out?

In-N-Out is one of the most well-known fast food chains on the west coast and possibly in the United States. Famous for their burgers and “secret menu¨, In-N-Out’s first restaurant opened up in 1948 in Baldwin Park, California and has been serving burgers ever since. But have you ever asked yourself, how did In-N-Out rise to its fame today?

It starts in 1948, when a man named Harry Snyder opens not only the first In-N-Out, but the first drive-thru restaurant in California. He gathered the restaurant's ingredients from local meat produce markets. In 1954, In-N-Out's iconic yellow arrow was first added. In-N-Out associates say “The arrow points to pride”. Later on, In-N-Out changed when they changed from buying from local meat markets to creating their own patty-making facility in 1963. In 1972, In-N-Out adds their iconic x-crossed palm trees in inspiration of Mad, Mad, Mad World, one of Harry Snyder’s favorite movies. Three years later, In-N-Out adds their iconic milkshakes to the menu, instantly becoming a fan favorite.

Unfortunately in 1976, Harry Snyder passed away, making his sons Rich and Guy Snyder take the positions of president and vice-president of the company. In 1984, Esther Snyder and her son, Rich, form the Child Abuse Fund (which later is renamed the In-N-Out Foundation), which believes every child deserves a future. Another generous act In-N-Out done was the “Feed the Homeless Program” which involved In-N-Out opening trailers and giving out food to those less fortunate than others in 1990.

Photo credits by pointnshoot from Oakland, California, USA - Flickr, CC BY 2.0,

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