IHOP Celebrates National Pancake Day

Feb 28, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - If Lexington’s IHOP seems busier than usual today, it’s thanks to an event known as National Pancake Day. The fundraiser attracts customers with a free short stack of pancakes and collects donations for the Children’s Miracle Network.

It’s almost noon and Lexington IHOP general manager Kinney Baker is watching the customers make their way past the cashier’s desk.

"It's starting out pretty slow, so hopefully it'll pick up a little later on and we'll get a little bit busier," Baker says.

Last year’s National Pancake Day was the largest one–day event in the company’s history, with pancake lovers donating more than $2.5 million dollars to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including UK Children’s Hospital. Brad Reeves is an IHOP regular, frequenting the restaurant nearly five days a week.

"I think this is a very good one. I think I've been to just about every one since the store opened," he says.

Reeves says he’s sure some come solely for the free pancakes, but he sees lots of loyal customers every year too. Since the event’s inception, IHO has raised nearly $8 million dollars and given away 14 million pancakes. The promotion ends at 10 tonight.