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IHOP Cancels National Pancake Day Due to COVID-19, Offers IOUs Instead

IHOP says it's calling off National Pancake Day 2021 due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, but is still attempting to honor the tradition by offering guests an IOU certificate redeemable for a free Short Stack of pancakes.

Posted: Feb 17, 2021 3:55 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2021 4:55 PM

Officials with IHOP said Tuesday that the chain's well-known National Pancake Day was being canceled due to safety issues sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The long-standing tradition has been an annual event running for over 15 years, where guests could visit IHOP for a free Short Stack of buttermilk pancakes while also supporting the brand's national and local charity partners, but IHOP says despite that, the safety of its customers and employees remains top priority

With that in mind, IHOP says it's flipping its annual pancake celebration into a month-long event, issuing an IOU for a free Short Stack to be redeemed throughout the month of April.

"We recognize it’s not possible to gather millions of our closest family and friends in our restaurants on a single day this year," said Jay Johns, IHOP President. "As a result, we decided to flip National Pancake Day on its head and give our guests an entire month to redeem their free Short Stack with an IOU, while also continuing to put purpose behind our pancakes by giving back to those most in need: our charity partners."

Throughout April, IHOP is encouraging guests to make an on-check, in-restaurant or online donation for as little as $1 to support our national charity partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and other local charities, including Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Over the past 15 years, IHOP guests have raised over $30 million for various children’s hospitals throughout the country.

For more information on how to receive an IOU from IHOP, visit IHOP's website here.

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