AN IHOP restaurant has closed its doors for good, leaving diners and staff stunned.
The Pancake House and Denny’s rival in Quincy, Illinois closed its doors for the last time on May 13th.
Its owner, Larry McDonald, posted a notice on the window, informing loyal fans and staff that the place was closed.
The note said: “Unfortunately, our local IHOP has closed its doors.
“We will miss all our regulars and hope you will forgive us. We will miss you all.”
McDonald told Muddy River News that he continued to lose money after the pandemic.
He said: “After Covid, it became increasingly difficult. We lost $2,000 to $5,000 a week.
“You can only survive so long depending on who you are.”
Taylor Anderson, a waiter who worked at the restaurant for six years, told the radio station WGEM that employees have lost their jobs because: “Nobody wants to work.”
The closure comes just weeks after an IHOP restaurant in Poughkeepsie, New York, permanently closed its doors.
The chain’s restaurant there was, in his opinion, “the best place for lunch and dinner near 12601”. Website.
A spokesman told The Hudson Valley Post that the reason for the closure was that the lease on the building had expired.
In October 2020, IHOP chiefs warned that around 100 US locations would close over a six-month period Insider.
Jay Johns, the chain’s president, said, “We’re confident that we will eventually replace these severely under-performing restaurants with better-performing restaurants.”
The famous pancake house has more than 1,200 locations across the United States.
IHOP isn’t the only restaurant chain to experience closures.
An Applebee’s restaurant at Bay Terrace Shopping Center in Queens, New York, has closed after 27 years of operation.
A Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in northeastern Colombia has also closed, a move that has caused division among sports fans.