CENTERVILLE -- Before moving to the Top of Utah, Osmin Mendoza, formerly of Los Angeles, missed the convenience of eating at In-N-Out Burger for lunch or dinner.
But on Friday, the taste buds of Mendoza, who now lives in Roy, were reunited with the familiar menu of the popular California-based hamburger chain.
In-N-Out Burger in Centerville recently opened its doors.
"This is the best burger," Mendoza said leaving the restaurant, giving with his right hand the thumbs-up sign.
Mendoza said he lived in Los Angeles for 24 years prior to moving to Utah.
"I miss In-N-Out. My boy misses In-N-Out," he said.
And this weekend, Mendoza said, he hopes to return to the Centerville restaurant with his family so they can enjoy what he enjoyed Friday.
But Mendoza was just one of a crowd of people, including what appeared to be a uniformed employee of the neighboring McDonald's, who visited the In-N-Out Burger early Friday to avoid the noon lunch rush.
"I have driven by here 10 times (the past week) hoping they were open. I am glad they are open," said North Ogden resident Justin Anglesey, owner of Custom Comforts, who happened to be working in the area.
In-N-Out officials braced for the crowd by placing orange traffic cones around the outer perimeter of its parking lot, which created a makeshift 50 vehicle-stack drive-up.
Centerville Police were also on-hand Friday during the peak times of the day for traffic control and have devised a way for additional traffic stacking along Frontage Road, the road accessing the business.
Centerville City Manager Steve Thacker said, based on conversations between police and In-N-Out officials, they are anticipating officers may be needed to manage traffic for a four-to six week period.
"Until everybody has had their first one," Thacker said.
But based on discussions with police, Thacker said, In-N-Out Burger has agreed to reimburse the city for that expense.
"Every time we open a new restaurant, we come out prepared. We always want to anticipate that we're going to be busy," said Blande Pittman, division manager for In-N-Out Burger.
Pittman was one of many long-time employees with In-N-Out Burger on-hand to assist with the Centerville opening.
"What sets us apart is the quality of our product," said Mike Rodrigues, Centerville In-N-Out Burger restaurant manager.
To ensure prompt service from the onset, Rodrigues said, the restaurant, in addition to having a staff of 52 employees -- 45 of those local hires -- 50 trained employees from other restaurants in the chain will remain on-site for a few weeks to help out.
In-N-Out officials also have plans in the works to further expand into the Top of Utah, with talk of building restaurants in both Riverdale and Layton.