Re:With a track record of short lifes of the past owners... Would you want this job?
It's my understanding that for MANY, MANY years, the founders of In-N-Out took a vow NEVER to build a place outside of the state of California. Only after younger family members got control of the company did they start expanding outside CA.
As Michael Hoffman also eludes to, they pride themselves on serving fresh ground meat. Never Frozen! Logistics becomes a factor.