Biz Buzz: In-N-Out expected to open in A.G. by year’s end

In-N-Out is expected to open in Arroyo Grande by the end of the year, according to Arroyo Grande Planning Manager Jim Bergman.

The Planning Commission approved the project in December. The drive-through restaurant will be constructed in the Five Cities Center area at 1170 W. Branch St., near the current vacant Sizzler restaurant. That building will be demolished, making way for the 3,265-square-foot In-N-Out that will include an outdoor patio area with 10 tables.

Of that, a 1,990-square-foot area is accessible to the public. The remaining 1,275 square feet will be used for food preparation and employee use.

City staff had a meeting with the company’s build team in April and expects to receive In-N-Out’s plans for the restaurant at the end of this month, Bergman said.

He expects the restaurant to open by November or December. A company representative could not be reached for comment.

— Cynthia Lambert

Blake Irving heads to Yahoo! Inc.

Yahoo! Inc. recently appointed Blake Irving, a nine-year resident of San Luis Obispo, as chief product officer. He will report directly to CEO Carol Bartz.

Irving will lead the company’s products organization, which is responsible for the strategic vision and development of Yahoo!’s global consumer and advertiser product portfolio.

Irving was most recently a professor at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management in Malibu. Prior positions include corporate vice president of the Windows Live Platform group for Microsoft, as well as development and product marketing management positions at Xerox Corp., Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. and Compaq Computer Corp. Blake has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University.

— Julia Hickey

Drs. Jeremy Lansford and Jennifer Karanian recently purchased the dental practice of Dr. John Davis at 1134 Vine St. in Paso Robles. Davis will remain affiliated with the practice, now named Davis and Lansford Dental, as a consultant.

Lansford and Karanian, who are married, received their doctorates from Boston University and advanced training in general dentistry while in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne Division.

— Julia Hickey