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Worth the wait

Sleeping overnight on the sidewalk outside In-N-Out Burger was worth it for Medford residents Keith Guy and his 13-year-old daughter, Whytney.

"I think this will taste like victory," Whytney said.

She and her dad were the first customers to walk through the doors of In-N-Out Wednesday morning, commemorating the first location for the popular burger chain in Oregon at 1970 Crater Lake Highway next to the Rogue Valley Mall.

"I didn't get any sleep," her 40-year-old dad said. "But we got her set up comfortably on the ground, and she slept pretty well."

"Not much," Whytney said.

After chomping down their burgers along with "animal fries," Whytney said she was sleepy but was going to head to school.

The Guys and many of the first customers received several gifts from In-N-Out, including the coveted T-shirts that say "Oregon" on them. Whytney and her dad both received complimentary dinners the night before after they arrived at 4 p.m.

The newest In-N-Out Burger will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and until 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Lines for In-N-Out appeared to increase as the day went by. In the morning, it took up to 20 minutes through the drive-thru and about 10 to 15 minutes for those walking in. By lunchtime, an hour wait greeted motorists and those inside waited about a half-hour.

The much-touted In-N-Out fries were taken off the menu around noon after the deep-fat fryer broke down, but it appeared to be fixed by about 3 p.m.

Overall, customers were happy just to have their favorite burger chain in Medford. 

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Central Point residents David Gigar and his wife, Lyn, said they've been waiting a long time for In-N-Out to open locally. They make it a point to stop at as many In-N-Outs as they can while traveling.

"This is the earliest we've ever had an In-N-Out," Lyn, 66, said.

Her husband collects In-N-Out T-shirts and wore a vintage, 23-year-old shirt from California with a dragster under the logo.

"I've got the T-shirts from every state," he said.

The Gigars were the second group to get through the door, and also received a free meal.

Ashland resident Anthony Carlin dropped his truck off for service and decided to walk over to In-N-Out.

"I thought it was going to be bedlam," he said. "I never thought I'd be eating In-N-Out for breakfast."

Carlin combined his double-double burger with animal-style fries smothered in cheese and grilled onions.

"You've got to enjoy life while you can," he said.

Carlin not only ate at In-N-Out for breakfast, but said he would return with his daughter in the afternoon once she got out of school.

"She's having lunch with her dad on opening day," he said. "She's so thrilled."

 Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @reporterdm.

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