COLUMBIA, SC — The pancakes are back on Assembly Street served on shiny new plates in a modern building.
IHOP a Columbia landmark for nearly 50 years across the street from the State House closed down almost six months ago. Bulldozers razed the funky, vintage, blue-roofed building, and crews built a new restaurant, which opened earlier this week.
It didnt take diners long to find the new entrance, fronting on Assembly Street instead of coming off of the parking lot. The breakfast-all-day diner had brisk morning business Thursday.
The company said in August that it was time to rebuild the eatery, which opened in 1968, to the Glendale, Calif.-based chains newest specifications. At 4,200 square feet, it has 60 more seats than the old building, a bigger parking lot and 30 additional employees.
Diners still can get the restaurants signature Rooty Tooty Fresh N Fruity breakfast dish, as well as a range of classic diner foods, around the clock.
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