While most communities would openly welcome an In-N-Out Burger chain, its highly paid jobs, and very tasty burgers, the bizarro world that is Rancho Mirage has seen residents taking to the streets and the courtroom to fight burger chain and, in a surprise development, it now appears In-N-Out Burger is over it.
Via the Desert Sun:
In-N-Out Burgers has decided to terminate its development agreement with Rancho Mirage, bringing an end to a lawsuit filed against the fast-food chain and the city by a group of residents calling themselves Save Rancho Mirage.
A special meeting of the City Council to discuss In-N-Out’s decision will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon in a letter to Bruce Bauer, lawyer for Save Rancho Mirage, by City Attorney Steve Quintanilla.
“Instead, in light of your clients’ continuing opposition to the project under CEQA despite the City’s and developer’s best efforts and proposals to address their concerns, In-N-Out has opted to terminate the Development Agreement, which by operation of law rescinds and repeals the City’s approvals related to the project’s land use entitlements,” the letter states.
Perhaps now In-N-Out will look to open up in a Coachella Valley city that is looking towards the future instead of one living in the past. I mean, an In-N-Out next to the new Agua Caliente Casino at Date Palm and 111 in Cathedral City might work out pretty well for that city.
As for Rancho Mirage, good luck trying to lure any business to town from here on out. Not that snowbirds who rarely venture outside their country club gates care anything about that.