IHOP opens on Kent Island June 6
CHESTER — The new Kent Island International House of Pancakes opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 6. It took only a few minutes for the much anticipated IHOP to fill with people to enjoy what franchise owner Sattar Shaik calls “the best pancakes in the world.”
The limited parking places around the restaurant were filled throughout the morning. There was a brief lull in customers around 10:30 a.m., just before the planned official ribbon cutting ceremony outside the front doors.
Shaik spoke briefly telling the crowd, “We plan and want to be involved in this wonderful community.”
The restaurant had a huge banner posted outside stating, “IHOP SUPPORTS FIRST RESPONDERS!” All uniformed first responders receive a 50 percent dis- count.
Shaik said the Kent Island store is “the first-ever IHOP located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with the next IHOP to open in Ocean City this coming September, and a third to open in March 2018 in Salisbury. There will also be a study made to consider opening an IHOP in Easton.”
More than 90 people are employed at the KI location. He introduced both KI location General Manager Antony White and IHOP Director of Operations John Beasley, who is a longtime Kent Island resident.
At the ribbon cutting, members of the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce were present, along with Del. Steve Arentz, who read a proclamation welcoming the new IHOP, and Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Robert Buckey, who added a personal welcome.
Currently, the KI location can seat up to 150 people with consideration to quickly expand to 50 more seats if demand makes that necessary. The IHOP is located on the site of the former High’s convenience store.
The KI IHOP has the latest menu items — pancakes galore!, including traditional buttermilk plus varieties such as cupcake pancakes with rainbow sprinkles, New York cheesecake pancakes, red velvet pancakes, harvest grain and nut, oats, almonds and walnut pancakes and chocolate chip pancakes.
Breakfast offerings beyond pancakes also have great variety. There are omelets of many kinds, served with pancakes; and combinations of eggs, any style, served with choice of meats, and hash-brown potatoes. A calorie count is listed with each meal choice for those conscious of diets.
Syrup choices also abound: old fashioned, blueberry, strawberry and butter pecan. For diabetics, a choice of Cary’s Sugar Free low calorie syrup is available by request.
Of course, IHOP is not just a breakfast restaurant, even though breakfast choices are served all day. Lunch and dinner selections exist after the morning hours. A wide range of sandwiches, including hamburgers, as well as four choices in both soups and four different salads are offered. Dinner entrees even include sirloin steak tips.
There is a special “Kids” section on the menu, Senior (55+) discount selections, and active duty military receive 10 percent off meals with current ID.
Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with hours extended to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
The International House of Pancakes on Kent Island opens Tuesday, June 6, with an official ribbon cutting. Holding the scissors is franchise owner Sattar Shaik, center left, Del. Steve Arentz, Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Robert Buckey, local general manager Antony White, and IHOP Director of Operators John Beasley. It the first IHOP to open on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with two more openings planned within the next year.
The new Kent Island IHOP opened Tuesday, June 6, at 6 a.m.
Laurie and Bill Edwards of Stevensville enjoy a meal at the new IHOP in Chester on Tuesday, June 6. Laurie had an omelet, while Bill chose one of the combo selections, both served with pancakes. The restaurant opens everyday at 6 a.m.