IHOP opens on Kent Is­land June 6

Record Observer - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

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.

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