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International House of Pancakes, 1031 Assembly Street: Late July 2013 (demolition/rebuild)   2 comments

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Well, while this was not unexpected (as commenter Jay raised the flag months ago), it was still a shock when I drove downtown the other night looking for some Harvest Grain & Nut Pancakes.

I guess that over the years I have eaten at this IHOP dozens of times. It was kind of like riding in an airplane to go in there: You were always sitting closer to someone else than you really wanted to be -- the positive spin would be "intimate", but the place was *tiny*, and you never knew quite what sort of conversation you would be overhearing. Still I enjoyed my visits. The waitresses seemed to keep an eagle eye out for my glass needing a refill, and the fare was basic enough that it was always pretty good.

The State has an article on the tear-down and rebuilding of this IHOP. Apparently it has been there since 1968, which sounds about right to me. The new building will be bigger and have a patio. From going by the site, it appears to me that they will be extending their site onto the vacant lot on Assembly between the IHOP and the neighbooring law office.

This was the last classic look IHOP in the Columbia area. The other one was torn down in the early 2000s and not rebuilt.

(Hat tip to commenter Jay)

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UPDATE 21 January 2014 -- Laissez les bon temps rouler!:

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Written by ted on August 8th, 2013

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  1. I still have my original "IHOP" Presents Captain Kangaroo tells the story of Peter and the Wolf that my Mom and Dad bought me at the IHOP on Devine St. back in the summer of 1968. Too bad they torn that one down now that the traffic has really picked up in that area over the past several years after they tore the old building down...but then again, it's Columbia.

    Semiquaver2013

    9 Aug 13 at 7:00 pm

  2. I have that album somewhere. I wonder if my folks got it at the same promotion.

    ted

    9 Aug 13 at 7:11 pm

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