FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Mechanic Chris Pendergraft sees lots of cars go in and out of the shop where he works every day. But that is nothing compared to the traffic he sees across the street. "We do have a lot of traffic. It does hinder getting out of our lot here," said Pendergraft. "It's really a headache."
Pendergraft not only works near the new In-N-Out Burger in Fort Worth, but he lives nearby, too.
Fort Worth Camera has also been dealing with the traffic. They are just one block away from the restaurant. "We get a lot of foot traffic coming by, so we should have someone out there with a camera saying, 'Hey, come on in,'" said Edgar Miller with the camera shop.
Just to get to the drive-thru lane, you have to follow signs which take you in and out of a partially residential neighborhood located just behind the new burger joint. Residents feel like it is their neighborhood that has become the drive-thru.
Police in Fort Worth have been helping with the traffic. The lines are not snaking through the neighborhood anymore, like on the first few days, but it is still pretty busy. "I was thinking of sending them a bill for the extra gas I had to burn to go around to get to where I needed to be and to come back," said Pendergraft.
The Fort Worth mechanic said that he has been to the restaurant, and even enjoyed the burger. He just hopes that all the hoopla over In-N-Out will soon be out of his neighborhood, so he can get in to his driveway.
"We will continue to have the officers in Fort Worth help us with traffic as long as they are needed," said Carl Van Fleet, vice president of planning and development with In-N-Out Burger. "Typically, the first few weeks after an opening are the busiest for us, and the traffic tends to diminish pretty quickly after that. We remain committed to being good neighbors and will continue to do our best to keep congestion to a minimum."
Van Fleet went on to say, "As we open more restaurants in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, that will also take some of the pressure off of our first few restaurants in the market. The next restaurants we are opening will be in Arlington and Las Colinas."
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