Lines of customers descended on the Soscol Avenue restaurant on Tuesday to enjoy IHOP’s offer of a free short stack of two buttermilk pancakes in exchange for a voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charity.
The restaurant manager estimated that between 600 and 700 people would be forking down short stacks between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday. Waits were sometimes a half hour or more. Normally a buttermilk short stack would cost $4.99.
No one was obligated to make a contribution, which attracted large numbers of high school students at mid-morning. Students often order free glasses of water to go with their free griddle cakes, an employee noted.
Nationally, IHOP was hoping to raise $3 million to support medical care for children. Since the first fundraiser in 2006, IHOP has raised $10 million to support charities.
The pancake fundraiser is held annually on National Pancake Day.