IHOP is celebrating its 56th birthday by offering customers a short stack of pancakes for just 56 cents. That’s less than the original cost of 60 cents when the first IHOP opened in 1958, then called International House of Pancakes.
The first of what became IHOP opened in Toluca Lake, California, at a time when there were just three television stations on the air, ABC, CB and NBC, a gallon of gas cost a whopping 24 cents, the hula hoop had just been invented, teens were listening to and dancing to Doo Wop, and the average paycheck was $5,000 a year.
Today, there are now 1,627 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.
On Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, from 7 AM to 7 PM, participating IHOP restaurants are offering guests a short stack buttermilk pancakes, still the most popular item on the menu.
Some fun facts about IHOP:
- The acronym “IHOP” was introduced 15 years after the first restaurant opened
- The first IHOP outside of the United States opened in 1969 in Canada, making it truly an “international” house of pancakes.
- Both the famous buttermilk pancakes and tasty chocolate chip pancakes have been on IHOP’s menu since it was created 56 years ago.
- IHOP serves more than 700 million pancakes each year
- More than 100 million cups of coffee are served at IHOP locations every year
The 56 cent pancake deal is limited to three IHOP varieties: Raspberry Peach Pancakes, Blueberry Cannoli Pancakes, and Strawberry Banana Cream Pie Pancakes.
More interesting facts about life in the US in 1958, 56 years ago:
- A loaf of bread cost 19 cents
- A house cost $30,000
- Elvis Presley began serving in the US Army
- The first successful American satellite was put into orbit
- The Huckleberry Hound Show premiered
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