Is In-N-Out Burger coming to Telegraph Avenue?

A banner suggesting In-N-Out was going to open on Telegraph Avenue had locals in a spin on Monday morning. Photo: Ted Friedman

A banner suggesting In-N-Out was going to open at 2333 Telegraph Avenue had locals in a spin on Monday morning. Photo: Ted Friedman

A banner announcing that an In-N-Out Burger restaurant was coming to Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue sent the online world into a spin Monday morning.

Dozens of Cal students tweeted how excited they were – and then expressed disappointment when it was revealed to be a hoax.

Cal Ticket Office tweeted a picture of a banner hung up across the front of a boarded-up storefront at 2333 Telegraph around 8:12 a.m. today with the hashtag #InandOutTelegraph. Within a couple of hours, it had 243 retweets and had been favorited 205 times.


I’ve never been so happy,” tweeted one person.

Thinking this was too good to be true, Avinash Kunnath, a writer for the California Golden Blogs went to work. He called In-N-Out headquarters and learned that the banner was a hoax. (One person has suggested it was a senior prank.)

The popular burger chain currently has no plans to put a restaurant in Berkeley, according to California Golden Blogs. There are two In-N-Out restaurants near Berkeley, one on Hegenberger Road near the Oakland airport and one in Pinole.


The story on California Golden Blogs was shared on Facebook 398 times, and picked up by The Bold Italic who described the prank as “a really cruel hoax” — proving that, even with a joke, people wanted this to be true.


But there may be hope. Matthew Brueckmann, a junior at UC Berkeley, started an online petition asking In-N-Out to open in Berkeley. It has already garnered more than 1,200 signatures. Many of them came today after the hoax.

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  • bgal4

    Put in down at Gilman interchange with I 80.

  • Guest

    ” The nearest In-N-Out to Berkeley is 12 miles north of the city, in Pinole.”

    Depending on what you mean by “nearest to Berkeley”, this may not be correct.

    If you mean by physical distance, to anywhere in Berkeley then the In-N-Out near the Oakland Airport is less distance. That, of course, assumes South Berkeley is considered part of Berkeley.

  • andrewD

    That’s the only place it would go. I’m pretty sure In-N-Out has a strict business plan regarding vehicle traffic and locations. I’ve never ever seen one that wasn’t car oriented.

  • guest

    The location at Fisherman’s Wharf isn’t anywhere near a freeway and doesn’t have a drive-thru.

  • EBGuy

    If you’re going to be doing a pickup with a drone, then you may want to consider flying to SF (which, incidentally, is also closer if you’re driving from West Berkeley).
    Not to mention actual drive times — during a commute… morning or evening…

  • Bryan Garcia

    The exception that proves the rule.

    I still don’t see why In-N-Out should limit themselves solely to free-accessible locations, though. I could see a (drive-thru-less) location on South Side doing HUGE amounts of business, especially if they stayed open late.

  • suckatash

    Can we get an one that is walk-up only? It would make a killing.

  • Guest

    In-N-Out, In-N-Out, In-N-Out. I’m a vegetarian and I love In-N-Out Burgers. So, you think that statement is an oxymoron? You are entitled to your opinion.

  • Telegraph + Ashby?

  • guest

    Agreed. An In-N-Out opening up in Southside might actually get me to visit the Telegraph area for the first time in years.

  • People’s Potatoes?

  • Ted Carrisey

    In-N-Out would do very well in a number of Berkeley locations. Perhaps the best spot would be Gilman and Eastshore Highway. Several decades ago, a burger joint called Littles was at that corner. Another spot would be University avenue, between Sacramento and MLK, or thereabouts.

  • BerkeleyCitizen

    No! How about Solano & San Pablo instead?

  • Soccer Dad

    That’s a good place for it, except not before they fix the traffic flow down there. It’s like playing Russian Roulette now, especially if you’re a bicyclist or pedestrian.

  • double double

    In-and-out in Berkeley? No moooo

  • Susan Priano

    I snapped a photo today to send to my kid whose Berkeley friends love that place!

  • Bob

    They wont’ allow a Starbucks on that corner. An In N Out would attract 20x the traffic.

  • Adrian Reynolds

    You’re correct…In N Out only builds stores with drive through windows…

  • Guest

    “The exception that proves the rule.”

    Uh, not so. The In-N-Out in Mill Valley does not have drive-thru accessibility.

  • And for those who want to do their own research ….,+Oakland,+CA+94621/2333+Telegraph+Ave,+Berkeley,+CA+94704/1417+Fitzgerald+Dr,+Pinole,+CA+94564/@37.90999,-122.2643354,10z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m20!4m19!1m5!1m1!1s0x808f85be1730e667:0x3123d957b9284c93!2m2!1d-122.1983173!2d37.7403226!1m5!1m1!1s0x80857c2f45640e19:0xe241531d31d5b707!2m2!1d-122.2589832!2d37.8682548!1m5!1m1!1s0x808577a9d81cf695:0xac37ce914aa840c8!2m2!1d-122.3107957!2d37.9890463!3e0

    I think their burgers are good, fries very good, but overall I like the experience … in some ways like buying a Mac (not Big Mac) … Choose 1, 2 or 3 … and the places are all clean and tidy … like I remembered White Castle (definitely not good, but the experience) on Fordham or Boston Road.


  • That would be horrible. The last thing we need is another place for students to eat junk and become obese and diabetic at a cost to us all? Doesn’t Berkeley block chain stores like this?

  • Yuck, SLO banned drive throughs to reduce pollution and congestion and Berkeley should too.

  • bgal4

    yeah, let’s just have the young folks burn fuel driving out to Pinole instead of collecting the tax dollars from a decent fast food icon.

  • Robert ANderson

    The one by Strawberry Village (next to 101 in Marin) has a drive-thru that ends in a planting strip. Surreal!

  • Robert ANderson

    Bring The Original Tommy’s Burger to Berkeley. Many times better than in-n-out.

  • notnot2

    Freedom means having choices.

  • spare0hs

    Super Duper Burger would be great!

  • Robert ANderson

    The one in Strawberry by 101 is walk-in only. although the drive-through is in place and dead ends at a planting strip. Surreal.