In-N-Out in Utah

That would be Washington City, Utah, where the venerable chain opened to what was described as "a good but not overwhelming crowd." Washington City is just outside St. George in southwestern Utah. The town's slogan is "Where Dixie Begins," a reference to 38 families, all from southern states, who traveled to Utah in the 1850s at Brigham Young's request to grow cotton. But I digress. This is the first In-N-Out opening in Utah - and the first outside the mainstays of California, Arizona and Nevada. The OC Register's Nancy Luna says she heard from a reader who reports that, "It was good, but [I] still think Marvís is just as good if not better." Almost a year ago, the chain got off to a bumpy start when it filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Utah burger chain called Chadder's, claiming that the place ripped off features unique to the Irvine chain Ė including its menu. Five years ago, In-N-Out filed a similar lawsuit against a Texas restaurant.

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