TULSA, Okla. — A banner in an empty lot in midtown Tulsa proclaims the arrival of a highly anticipated restaurant chain.
The vinyl sign, at the site of a Whataburger that was torn down after tornado damage, includes a certain iconic yellow arrow and the words "In-N-Out Burger here soon."
But it was a prank, according to the popular burger chain.
"We just became aware of the rumors about In-N-Out Burger coming to Tulsa and unfortunately they are not true," said Carl Arena, vice president of real estate and development for the chain, in a statement. "We grow pretty slowly here at In-N-Out and, while we are always looking for new opportunities and potential locations, we are not currently pursuing anything in Tulsa."
Groups have been dreaming of the day the California-based burger chain would build a restaurant in Oklahoma, and the Tulsa site near the Interstate 44 junction on 41st Street would have been the first for the state. Most of the restaurants are on the West Coast, with several others in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Other cities have been pranked with similar signs of developments that never happened.