Say goodbye to free pancakes on National Pancake Day, at least on Lombard Street. The IHOP at 2299 Lombard at the edge of the Marina District has shuts its doors for good. It sounds like nothing dramatic precipitated the closure: The lease expired and the franchisee who ran the location decided not to renew, a representative for IHOP says.
According to real estate site SocketSite, the building at the corner of Lombard and Pierce streets — easily recognizable for its pointed-roof A-frame design —was built in 1968 specifically to be an IHOP. That was 10 years after the restaurant chain was first introduced outside of Los Angeles, as International House of Pancakes. The name was shortened to IHOP in the early 1970s.
This year, the chain made news when it announced it was rebranding to IHOb, in what turned out to be a marketing stunt to draw attention to its burgers and other dinner items.
The IHOP building on Lombard, next to the Surf Motel, is around 3,600 square feet. It also has its own corner parking lot, which could be a big plus for the tenant who moves in next.
For those who still need their Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity pancakes, there’s another IHOP at 200 Beach Street near Pier 39.