County Commissioners

Posted on: February 9, 2017

IHOP Coming to Kent Island Late Spring

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CHESTER – Not only is an International House of Pancakes coming to Red Apple Town Center in Chester: job seekers will soon see a hiring trailer set up on site to interview potential full time and part time job applicants, said property owner Jim DiDonato.

 The IHOP franchisee, who owns multiple restaurants and IHOPs on the East Coast, has chosen the existing vacant building that once housed a Highs market, instead of constructing a new building, said DiDonato. 

 “We’ll be renovating the building in the next 30 days,” said DiDonato. “The IHOP will probably open in May.”

Commissioner Robrt Buckey said, I think families from Kent Island, Chester, Grasonville and the rest of QAC Citizen as well as travelers coming off Rt 50 visiting the area will be thrilled with this IHOP.   From a EDC point of view I am pleased this new restaurant will create full and part time jobs for the County.  The Citizens needed more of this type of restaurants in the County, this IHOP will become an integral part of the local community.  IHOP has a Great brand name.


  Jean Fabi, Acting Director of Queen Anne’s County’s Department of Economic Development said, “I am very pleased to see that a vacant commercial building is being repurposed and that the project is occurring within the Queen Anne's County Enterprise Zone. That makes the project eligible for tax credits that incentivize this type of development.”

 DiDonato said that the franchisee expects to hire 40 to 50 full and part time employees and the local newspapers will run advertisements letting prospective employees know when the hiring trailer is on site and applications are being taken.

 According to IHOP’s website, “For 58 years, the IHOP family restaurant chain has served our world famous pancakes and a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner items that are loved by people of all ages — offering an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. As of 2015, there were 1,650 IHOP restaurants in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Bahrain, Canada, Dubai (UAE), Guatemala, Kuwait, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, The Philippines and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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