After years of wondering whether or not animal-style fries were ever going to be available in Space City, it looks as if California chain In-N-Out Burger finally has plans to open a restaurant in Houston.
Over the weekend, an article published to the Houston Chronicle announced that In-N-Out Burger will join Whiskey Cake, Pluckers Wing Bar, Chipotle, and more eateries at the development that will occupy a former Texas Instruments office in Stafford, now named “the Grid.” That article has since been removed, but a tipster provided Eater with a screenshot of the story’s text once it was taken down. As of 11 a.m. on Monday, the article has been republished on the Chronicle’s website.
The rumors of In-N-Out’s Houston debut have swirled for years. The chain has also purchased land on Westheimer Road, but said in 2017 that it didn’t expect to open here for “years.” Considering that In-N-Out has restaurants in Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, among other cities, it doesn’t really make sense that the chain hasn’t ventured into Houston. Perhaps it’s intimidated by the sheer volume of locally-grown and imported burger chains like Hopdoddy Burger Bar, The Burger Joint, and BuffBurger.
Eater has reached out to StreetLevel Developments, the development group behind the Grid in Stafford, for more details on In-N-Out’s Houston arrival. Stay tuned for an update.
Update, 11:10 a.m.: This story has been updated to reflect the status of the Houston Chronicle’s story on In-N-Out.