The menu must not be much of a secret.
Colorado fans of the iconic California chain In-N-Out Burger were waiting for epic lines Friday as the state’s first two stores opened.
In Aurora, police were called to control the crowds as cars and customers scurried around the new fast-food restaurant and an adjacent mall. Customers told the local ABC affiliate that they waited almost 14 hours to get their burgers, fries and shakes.
“It’s official, the traffic is double double animal style right now around the mall,” Aurora Police tweeted using some of the cult-like chain’s language. “We are ready to help deal with the massive traffic response.” A later post warned of a 12-hour wait, and another said the line “wound around the mall twice.” They estimated that the line was 1.5 to 2 miles long.
In-N-Out is expected to sell about 60,000 burgers over the weekend at the Aurora store, The Denver Post reported.
The second location in Colorado Springs saw a similar flood of eager eaters, according to The Gazette, including a Southern California native who parked his Toyota, which was decked out to look like the “Ghostbusters” car, in the joint’s driveway Tuesday night.
“I had time off, so I decided to just come down Tuesday and make sure I was the first,” Colorado transplant Ken Vizzini told the Gazette. “It’s just been a fun and exciting experience, I do not regret not having done it.”
Denny Warnick, In-N-Outs vice president of operations, said the company was excited about the reception. “I do not know if we have ever felt more welcome between all the anticipation and the requests for In-N-Out to come to Colorado and now to see the customers out here this morning just feels good,” he said.
The family-owned In-N-Out also has locations in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas and Oregon. They have announced plans to open at least seven other locations in Colorado.
This report was originally featured on NYPost.com.