IHOP expands to Waukee, plans to open doors Tuesday
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A pancake house is ready to start serving breakfast all day to hungry customers in Waukee.
The new location of IHOP in Waukee is putting on the finishing touches and will be ready to open Tuesday morning at 150 SE Alice's Road in Waukee. In addition to breakfast classics, the restaurant will serve burgers, sandwiches, entrees and salads.
"Finishing touches are the most important," wrote IHOP Waukee on its Facebook page. "The Grand Opening is this Tuesday, March 19th. Doors open at 6 a.m. Hope to see you all!"
The 185-seat restaurant is owned by franchisee Catherine Annicchiarico, 42, and operated by her brother and franchise partner, Stephen Linnett, 38, of Des Moines. They both moved to Des Moines from Texas over 12 years ago.
With the addition of the Waukee location, there will be five IHOPs in the metro altogether. The pair also own and operate locations at 6301 Douglas Ave. in Urbandale and 4807 SE 14th St. in Des Moines.
"Waukee is just exploding," Linnett said. "There aren't that many stand-alone sitdown restaurants in the area and it just seemed like a natural fit. They didn't have anything this far west and there's so much residential development in this area so we wanted to get here early."
The other two IHOPs are located at 2402 SE Delaware Ave. in Ankeny and 5045 Bentley Drive in West Des Moines.
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"We're just really excited to be in the area," Linnett said. "It's a lot harder to build a new restaurant, but it's been a good experience. We are just excited for people to come and see us and hope to make them happy."
The 4,800-square-foot Waukee restaurant will open at 6 a.m. daily and close at 10 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on the weekends. Linnett said the hours will change to 24 hours per day by the end of summer.
With a full team, IHOP Waukee will employ about 60 people. About half of those will be part-time.
Short for International House of Pancakes, the IHOP chain is known for its pancakes, of course, and breakfast served all day. But recently, IHOP launched an ad campaign to bring awareness to its burger line by changing its name to IHOb for a day.
"I had people calling me from college about that," Linnett said. "Everybody was talking about it. We couldn't keep burgers stocked for two weeks."
Location: 150 SE Alice's Road, Waukee
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.