However, just on the south side of the intersection sits a block of land slated for redevelopment. In my opinion, the council should have suggested this plot as a city-approved location because if In-N-Out were built on the south side of the light, it would transfer the traffic to an area that would not cause gridlock down Gisler. And the street gains an extra lane's worth of space on the south side of the intersection, which would allow traffic to move smoothly past the In-N-Out congestion.
Because the city won't allow adequate freeway signage, the restaurant could've opened slightly farther south without hurting their bottom line. And Cinnamon Street, which parallels Harbor and exits onto Gisler, would funnel traffic out of the area without causing gridlock.
The location was a Mesa Verde landmark of 40-plus years and was home to two popular neighborhood restaurants, Collander Kitchen and Kaplan's. Both were well-loved by the community, so why not just lease to another successful neighborhood restaurant?