On Tuesday July 8th, 2014, from 7AM to 7 PM, participating IHOP restaurants around the country will be offering guests a short stack of their world famous buttermilk pancakes—still the most popular item on the menu after 56 years– for just 56 cents –less than their original cost of 60 cents when the first IHOP restaurant opened its doors in 1958!
The year was 1958: There were 3 major television stations on the air, a gallon of gas cost a whopping 24 cents, the hula hoop had just been invented, and in Toluca Lake, California, Al and Jerry Lapin opened the very first International House of Pancakes, complete with iconic blue roof. They had one goal in mind that warm day in July: to provide every guest who walked in the door with the very best in food and service.
56 years later, there are now 1,627 IHOP® restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the Philippines, the U.S. Virgin Islands and soon, Guam. And every one of those restaurants still shares that same goal: providing the very best in food and service to every guest, every time.