Archive for Thursday, September 24, 2009

IHOP coming to town

September 24, 2009

Watch the construction this week at the corner of Fairlane and North Main Street. We will be seeing lots going on. With great anticipation we will have a new I-HOP on that corner by the first of next year.

A lot of history goes with that corner for us as we have memories of the grandparents of Ron Romig owning that property way back when. My brother in law, Joe Mondero, bought that lot from Ron Romig’s grandfather, and I helped him build his home there in the 1950s. It stood there for many years until it was moved to a location north west of Leavenworth just a few years ago.

The International House of Pancakes, “IHOP,”is a Unites States-based restaurant chain that specializes in breakfast foods and is owned by DineEquity. While IHOPS focus on breakfast foods, such as pancakes, waffles, French toast, omelets and blintzes, the chain has evolved to offer a menu of full course meals and a variety of desserts. The chain was started in July 7, 1958, at Toluca Lake, Los Angeles. IHOPs are now in all 50 states with 1,421 restaurants worldwide. IHOP has gone through many changes over the years.

Each table has its own “sugar boat” and four flavors of syrup dispensers, blueberry, boysenberry, butter pecan and strawberry. The most recent advertisement campaigns have feature slogans such as “Just for the Fun of It,” “Why Not Eat Breakfast for Dinner Tonight” and most recently “Come hungry, Leave happy.”

Julia A. Stewart is the president and chief operating officer and IHOP's home base is in Glendale, Calif. Jennifer Pendergrass is manager of communications and is the one dealing with our city in this endeavor. Lansing is truly blessed with many good eating places within a very short area and we want to welcome IHOP.

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