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The aptly named Squeeze Inn, famous for squeezing in only about a dozen diners at a time, is on an expansion kick. The small Fruitridge Road site, however, won't be changed. Instead, owner Travis Hausauer has two additional locations in the works, one in the Napa Valley, the other in Galt.

Hausauer says he's striking a deal with a Napa resident who basically will be the Squeeze Inn's first franchisee. He's not sure of the location, but thinks it is along Highway 29 in the city of Napa. The place is expected to open in a month or two.

The Galt branch of the Squeeze Inn is to be at Pringle Avenue and Industrial Drive just west of Highway 99. Hausauer hopes to open that site in February. It will be considerably larger than the Fruitridge facility, and will serve breakfast as well as lunch. His son will operate the Galt location. He's staying put at Fruitridge, where the Squeeze Inn has been for about 25 of its nearly 30 years. Hausauer has owned the cafe about five years.

Why the sudden blooming of Squeeze Inns across the Northern California landscape? "I just have an interest in trying to market the product we have, especially now that my son is old enough to take the one in Galt," says Hausauer. The Napa business associate was impressed with the Squeeze Inn's following and is confident the concept will fly in the Napa Valley.

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