Get ready pancake lovers, Dodge City's newest breakfast spot is set to open in just over two weeks. The IHOP was scheduled to open on the first of the year, and while the winter weather may have slowed construction, it didn't hamper the hiring process.
Jamal Kahala, general manager for both the Garden City and Dodge City IHOP locations, said they have hired 180 employees to staff the new restaurant as well as the existing Garden City site. Employee training is set to start Jan. 11, and after a 10-day crash course in all things breakfast, the IHOP, located on the corner of north 14th Ave. and Wyatt Earp Blvd., will open Jan. 22.
"We will be open 24 hours a day from the first day we open," Kahala said.
He said that the exterior construction of the building was slowed by the weather, specifically the roof, but also added that the inside is complete.
And on Feb. 5, just in time to throw New Year's resolutions of dieting out the window, IHOP is
inviting guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day, while celebrating Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary.
Through this annual tradition, the restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million as the first national fundraising campaign to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, according to a press release from IHOP headquarters.
During National Pancake Day, the company’s largest philanthropic event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the will serve a complimentary stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests can to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. One hundred percent of the donations will help local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children.