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Franchisee to open IHOP in Columbus

Business First of Columbus – 4:14 PM EDT Wednesday

IHOP Corp. will open 17 restaurants in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton over the next 12 years.

Womack Restaurants representatives were unavailable immediately to comment on a timetable for opening restaurants in the Columbus area.

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64 Responses to Franchisee to open IHOP in Columbus

  1. shroud
    shroud July 6, 2006 9:06 am at 9:06 am

    They should open one in the former Lee’s Market just north of Campus ;)

  2. Anne Evans
    Anne July 6, 2006 9:34 am at 9:34 am

    I love their swedish crepes! yum!

  3. Walker Evans
    Walker July 6, 2006 10:19 am at 10:19 am

    shroud wrote They should open one in the former Lee’s Market just north of Campus ;)

    That place just reopened as a bar. Called “The Little Bar” or something like that.

    Too late! :o

  4. Big_Ben July 6, 2006 10:51 am at 10:51 am

    Yeah, you would be surprised how any people suggested the Lee’s market spot for an IHOP or Sonic. The Little Bar is what it is called now, haven’t stopped in yet. Went by a couple times, usually playing country or oldies rock.

  5. cahill July 6, 2006 3:21 pm at 3:21 pm

    why is it we get commercials for IHOP and Sonic, when there isn’t one around this area at all?

  6. Walker Evans
    Walker July 6, 2006 3:52 pm at 3:52 pm

    It’s all thanks to the magic of network TV. :? They’re advertising to a wider range of people… and some may be near a Sonic or IHOP, but us in the middle of Columbus are a pretty long drive to either one of those chains….

    I checked Sonic’s locator and there are 6 within 100 miles of Columbus, with the closest being 53 miles away in Nelsonville.

    1025 EAST CANAL STREET

    NELSONVILLE, OH 45764

    (740) 753-4663

    75 EAST STIMSON AVENUE

    ATHENS, OH 45701

    (740) 592-6330

    999 EAST MAIN STREET

    JACKSON, OH 45640

    (740) 286-8686

    3607 DIXIE HIGHWAY

    FRANKLIN, OH 45005

    (513) 422-1511

    3105 WEST STATE ROUTE 22 & 3

    MAINEVILLE, OH 45039

    (513) 583-1854

    928 12TH STREET

    PORTSMOUTH, OH 45662

    (740) 353-8814

    ——————————————

    As for IHOP’s store locator… there are 10 found within 100 miles of Columbus, closest being 80 miles away in Findlay.

    7777 County Road 236

    Findlay, OH 45840-9544 (419) 425-3336

    3289 Elida Rd

    Lima, OH 45805-1219 (419) 228-0607

    7748 Cox Lane

    West Chester, OH 45069-6548 (513) 779-0910

    5699 Romar Drive

    Milford, OH 45150-8506 (513) 965-0926

    1309 East Kemper Road

    Springdale, OH 45246-3903 (513) 671-2903

    22 Massillon Marketplace Drive SW

    Massillon, OH 44646-2016 (330) 833-6529

    1217 Omniplex Drive

    Forest Park, OH 45240-1280 (513) 671-5042

    4825 Marburg Ave.

    Cincinnati, OH 45209-5012 (513) 731-3666

    7400 Beechmont Ave.

    Cincinnati, OH 45255-4102 (513) 233-2505

    9540 Colerain Avenue

    Cincinnati, OH 45251-2004 (513) 385-0029

  7. honavery July 6, 2006 3:54 pm at 3:54 pm

    Hmmm.

    Both closer than I thought.

  8. Walker Evans
    Walker July 6, 2006 4:06 pm at 4:06 pm

    I just think it’s weird that you can find both of those in small communities outside of central Ohio in just about all directions, but none in central Ohio. Is our market too saturated for them to expand here? What gives? :o

  9. Guest July 6, 2006 6:18 pm at 6:18 pm

    I think they play the Sonic commercials because Sonic and Rally’s (Checker’s too) are all owned by the same company. I guess they figure if we see a Sonic commerical we’ll run to Rally’s instead.

    I do agree that sometimes it is torture seeing the various things they advertise for Sonic and knowing that Rally’s won’t carry it.

  10. Big_Ben July 6, 2006 7:11 pm at 7:11 pm

    Sonic also bills itself as a place to eat while traveling. They get a lot of business from out of towners that are passing through and happen upon it.

  11. Walker Evans
    Walker July 6, 2006 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm

    There’s a Sonic in the little town in Alabama where my parents live and I always thought they had pretty good desserts as far as fast food goes. More on par with Dairy Queen… which is nothing too fancy, but much better than the 1-2 item dessert menus at McDonalds or Burger King or Wendy’s.

  12. gold42 July 7, 2006 7:28 am at 7:28 am

    Word on the street is we will be getting our first Sonic soon as well. I believe Whitehall was discussed as the location. Now that’s prime real estate!!! :P

  13. shroud
    shroud July 7, 2006 7:35 am at 7:35 am

    Sonic’s not bad for a fast food joint – the whole car-hop thing is a nice little throwback.

    The real draw of Sonic for me is their Cherry Limeade – now THAT’s good stuff!

  14. Ndcent
    Ndcent July 7, 2006 9:18 am at 9:18 am

    gold42 wrote Word on the street is we will be getting our first Sonic soon as well. I believe Whitehall was discussed as the location. Now that’s prime real estate!!! :P

    Haha. Whitehall is the new Miller/Kelton.

  15. ballbrite July 13, 2006 10:33 am at 10:33 am

    I love Sonic!! I am pretty upset they got rid of the pancake on a stick. I am heading to South Carolina in a week and I am looking forward to eating Sonic everyday!!

  16. honavery July 7, 2008 4:26 pm at 4:26 pm

    After eating at IHOP over the weekend, does anyone have any news about one going up closer to Columbus? It was pretty damn good.

  17. Rockmastermike July 7, 2008 4:48 pm at 4:48 pm

    Big_Ben wrote Yeah, you would be surprised how any people suggested the Lee’s market spot for an IHOP or Sonic. The Little Bar is what it is called now, haven’t stopped in yet. Went by a couple times, usually playing country or oldies rock.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised. I think it used to be a howard johnsons. Much like an IHOP.

  18. somertimeoh
    somertimeoh July 7, 2008 4:53 pm at 4:53 pm

    Is this just a matter of you always want what you can’t have?

    I’d like an IHOP if it was 24 hrs and within walking distance of ShoNo, but other than that I can’t think of one thing that IHOP does that isn’t already covered.

    Just curious….

  19. enzo
    enzo July 7, 2008 5:10 pm at 5:10 pm

    The IHOP I enjoy going to in Cincy at 3am is in Oakley/Hyde Park. It is right off the highway. It is SPACIOUS….lots of tables and as far as food is concerned, it is a step up from Waffle House. I just like it for late night dining…..and seriously wish they would put one near downtown…or in the big bear warehouse off olentangy.

  20. ZHC July 7, 2008 6:40 pm at 6:40 pm

    Walker wrote I just think it’s weird that you can find both of those in small communities outside of central Ohio in just about all directions, but none in central Ohio. Is our market too saturated for them to expand here? What gives? :o

    at least in IHOP’s case they used to be here in the 1960′s I want to say. But Bob Evans more or less drove them out. You don’t see many Perkins around here either….

  21. Rockmastermike July 7, 2008 7:07 pm at 7:07 pm

    Cookie wrote
    Rockmastermike wrote

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised. I think it used to be a howard johnsons. Much like an IHOP.

    No, it used to be an IHOP.

    really? well that makes even more sense then.

    why was I thinking HoJo? My memory plays little jokes on me sometimes.

    edit: wait… am I totally off base remembering that there used to be an arby’s across the street in a building shaped like a giant cowboy hat?

  22. foxforcefive July 7, 2008 7:41 pm at 7:41 pm

    There are 2 Sonic’s in town now…one on the East side, maybe Broad St (or is it Main) and one at Polaris.

    I can’t wait for IHOP!

  23. roy
    roy July 7, 2008 7:41 pm at 7:41 pm

    enzo wrote The IHOP…is a step up from Waffle House.

    No, I’m afraid it’s not. Waffle House is the pinnacle of 24-hour breakfast emporiums.

  24. natural_chic July 7, 2008 8:35 pm at 8:35 pm

    foxforcefive wrote There are 2 Sonic’s in town now…one on the East side, maybe Broad St (or is it Main) and one at Polaris.

    I can’t wait for IHOP!

    There is also a Sonic in Grove City on Stringtown Road. I’ve been there once because everyone was saying it was good but it was so-so to me. :roll:

  25. Merry In Village July 7, 2008 9:17 pm at 9:17 pm

    Walker wrote I checked Sonic’s locator and there are 6 within 100 miles of Columbus, with the closest being 53 miles away in Nelsonville.

    Actually, thanks to some recent openings there are now at least 2 Sonics here in town. I know there’s one on Stringtown Rd (just east of I-71) in Grove City, and I’ve heard there’s one on Polaris somewhere.

    EDIT – SORRY! Just saw the other posts about the Columbus locations. I got so excited about lime slushes that I didn’t keep reading to the last post…my bad.

  26. Walker Evans
    Walker July 7, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm

    Merry In Village wrote Actually, thanks to some recent openings there are now at least 2 Sonics here in town.

    Yes, yes. Thank you for the updates. My post you quoted was from 2006, so it’s a bit behind the times. ;)

  27. lifeontwowheels July 7, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm

    ZHC wrote
    Walker wrote I just think it’s weird that you can find both of those in small communities outside of central Ohio in just about all directions, but none in central Ohio. Is our market too saturated for them to expand here? What gives? :o

    at least in IHOP’s case they used to be here in the 1960′s I want to say. But Bob Evans more or less drove them out. You don’t see many Perkins around here either….

    I miss Denny’s from the year I was in Ashland. More than a few nights were I would chug a pot of coffee ( :shock: ) and begin writing a paper in the dorm around 11-12, then finish off at Denny’s around 4-5 am before printing it off. Good times…

  28. Walker Evans
    Walker July 7, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm

    There used to be a few Denny’s around Columbus, but I think they’ve all pretty much closed up. And probably for good reasons too as they seemed to have gone WAY downhill in the past few years.

  29. honavery July 8, 2008 8:40 am at 8:40 am

    There used to be a few Denny’s around Columbus, but I think they’ve all pretty much closed up. And probably for good reasons too as they seemed to have gone WAY downhill in the past few years.

    Yeah, I used to go to the one by the Bob Evans in Westerville (by the AMC 6). It’s been closed for awhile. Strangely enough, Denny’s seemed to be quite popular in Japan when I was over there….saw more than a few in Tokyo.

  30. littlefish July 8, 2008 8:56 am at 8:56 am

    cahill wrote why is it we get commercials for IHOP and Sonic, when there isn’t one around this area at all?

    Maybe because there’s a Sonic on E. Main St?

  31. Walker Evans
    Walker July 8, 2008 9:07 am at 9:07 am

    littlefish wrote
    cahill wrote why is it we get commercials for IHOP and Sonic, when there isn’t one around this area at all?

    Maybe because there’s a Sonic on E. Main St?

    This conversation started two years ago, and honavery just brought it back up yesterday. The first 15 posts are so were made two years ago, including the one you quoted from cahill. Check out the time stamp on her post. ;)

  32. enzo
    enzo July 8, 2008 9:44 am at 9:44 am

    roy wrote
    enzo wrote The IHOP…is a step up from Waffle House.

    No, I’m afraid it’s not. Waffle House is the pinnacle of 24-hour breakfast emporiums.

    I based it on size of the places….more tables less wait time–usually. I would love a Waffle House downtown too…I would be grateful for either.

    Actually, has anyone seen a breakfast cart out at night…that could be cool an IHOP kiosk if they are afraid to commit to downtown.

  33. Merry In Village July 8, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am

    Walker wrote
    Merry In Village wrote Actually, thanks to some recent openings there are now at least 2 Sonics here in town.

    Yes, yes. Thank you for the updates. My post you quoted was from 2006, so it’s a bit behind the times. ;)

    Oops! Shows how much I was paying attention – coincidentally enough, this conversation initially took place *exactly* 2 years ago…so when I saw posts dated July 6, July 7, etc. I just jumped right in. Gotta remember to look at the year too! :lol:

  34. foxforcefive September 20, 2008 8:04 pm at 8:04 pm

    So, I see from the IHOP website that this hasn’t happened yet…it also shows that Columbus isn’t one of the domestic growth markets, although we do have a pretty big college here….

    Oh well, I guess we are “stuck” with Waffle House

  35. Walker Evans
    Walker September 20, 2008 8:21 pm at 8:21 pm

    foxforcefive wrote it also shows that Columbus isn’t one of the domestic growth markets, although we do have a pretty big college here….

    Did someone from IHOP say that? Because there are quite a few other national chains with some pretty big growth plans for Central Ohio. Sonic, Baskin Robbins, Dunkin Donuts, etc.

  36. foxforcefive September 20, 2008 8:36 pm at 8:36 pm

    Walker wrote
    foxforcefive wrote it also shows that Columbus isn’t one of the domestic growth markets, although we do have a pretty big college here….

    Did someone from IHOP say that? Because there are quite a few other national chains with some pretty big growth plans for Central Ohio. Sonic, Baskin Robbins, Dunkin Donuts, etc.

    According to the franchise page…

    http://www.ihop.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10&Itemid=7

  37. Walker Evans
    Walker September 20, 2008 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm

    Ah, thanks. I figured it came from some place where I wasn’t looking. ;)

  38. JonMyers September 21, 2008 9:57 am at 9:57 am

    Walker wrote
    foxforcefive wrote it also shows that Columbus isn’t one of the domestic growth markets, although we do have a pretty big college here….

    Did someone from IHOP say that? Because there are quite a few other national chains with some pretty big growth plans for Central Ohio. Sonic, Baskin Robbins, Dunkin Donuts, etc.

    This actually gets me riled up. I think it’s a really negative thing.

    If there is one thing we need, it’s more chains serving up giant heaps of obesity inducing, fatty food. Seems to me that these chain’s plans don’t reflect well on Ohio. It says that people here have no taste and will shove anything in their mouth. Even if it will kill them overtime.

    Ohio is the 17th most obese state in the country. Thank god there is an opportunity to slide down in the rankings even more.

  39. gramarye
    gramarye September 21, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am

    JonMyers wrote
    Walker wrote
    foxforcefive wrote it also shows that Columbus isn’t one of the domestic growth markets, although we do have a pretty big college here….

    Did someone from IHOP say that? Because there are quite a few other national chains with some pretty big growth plans for Central Ohio. Sonic, Baskin Robbins, Dunkin Donuts, etc.

    This actually gets me riled up. I think it’s a really negative thing.

    If there is one thing we need, it’s more chains serving up giant heaps of obesity inducing, fatty food. Seems to me that these chain’s plans don’t reflect well on Ohio. It says that people here have no taste and will shove anything in their mouth. Even if it will kill them overtime.

    Ohio is the 17th most obese state in the country. Thank god there is an opportunity to slide down in the rankings even more.

    You know, if you ate nothing but Jeni’s and Katzinger’s all the time, you’d get obese, too.

  40. Coremodels September 21, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am

    gramarye wrote You know, if you ate nothing but Jeni’s and Katzinger’s all the time, you’d get obese, too.

    I’d be willing to be the guinea pig in that experiment

    :lol:

  41. Walker Evans
    Walker September 21, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am

    The growing percentage of fast food chains does means a blander dining landscape in our state, but I agree with Gram… It’s not like these restaurants are force feeding anyone.

    The universal complaint about “chains” being “bad” is too vague anymore.

  42. gramarye
    gramarye September 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am

    Is the percentage of fast food chains growing, or just the absolute number of them?

    National fast-food chains make more headlines because they can announce plans to open 30 stores. Local chains (which are often not fast food) may not exactly get such fanfare, but they’ve been expanding, too, and several new independent restaurants have set up shop in the past few years, too (Tip Top, Bono, etc.). There’s room enough for everyone in the city; there just isn’t room enough for everyone in the Dispatch and Business First.

    I don’t think the local flavor has become diluted at all in the past decade. I think it’s richer than ever. After all, if national chains aren’t your thing, there are enough independent and local-chain places now that you could eat at a different one once a week every week for a year and still have plenty left over. The indie foodie is not starving in Columbus.

  43. Walker Evans
    Walker September 21, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm

    I said “percentage” because of just that. I’ve not seen any statistics, but if the number of chains is growing in proportion to the number of independent eateries, then we’re not really changing the state of dining options.

    gramarye wrote The indie foodie is not starving in Columbus.

    +1

  44. Coremodels September 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm

    From what I can see, IHOP adds nothing new for those of us who are even a little conscious of what we eat…and for the folks who eat crap, this is just slightly more expensive versions of the same crap.

    Not seeing the big deal.

  45. 614darknight
    614darknight September 21, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm

    I think the question that needs asking, is how has Central Ohio kept out national breakfast chains specifically, for so long. It’s no secret that Columbus is the No. 1 city in the country for food-service incubators, and that fact is reflected in the myriad of dining choices we have.

    Being raised in northern OH on Denny’s and IHOP baby (key similarity: open 24/7), I’ve always wondered why they didn’t migrate to Columbus sooner?? My hope is that family-owned, Ohio-based francises protected their market. Tee Jaye’s and Bob Evans are both examples of great Ohio franchises, but they better be ready for some stiff comp from IHOP’s Rootie-tootie-fresh-n-fruity AKA the Official Sugar-holics Dream Dish!!

    BTW: Here are some other Columbus culinary curiosities:

    Why doesn’t Sonic post it’s location on East Main or its upcoming location off 256?? could it be the food is AWFUL ?? stick to the shakes.

    Did Columbus ever have a Denny’s?? because if you’ve never experienced it — there’s nothing like your first time being refused service.

    (File under WTF:) How did the FIRST Wendy’s, another great Ohio-based franchise, get closed down so unceremoniously without anything to replace it? It would seem like that store should have been spared and landmarked.

  46. misskitty September 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm

    eat it in moderation and you will be fine that being said I cant wait for a I HOP i have been seeing commercials far too long now i want to eat there WOOT WOOT

  47. Coremodels September 21, 2008 1:03 pm at 1:03 pm

    Columbus did, and I thought still does, have a couple Denny’s.

  48. JonMyers September 21, 2008 1:05 pm at 1:05 pm

    gramarye wrote I don’t think the local flavor has become diluted at all in the past decade. I think it’s richer than ever. After all, if national chains aren’t your thing, there are enough independent and local-chain places now that you could eat at a different one once a week every week for a year and still have plenty left over. The indie foodie is not starving in Columbus.

    I think that’s up for debate. Where I live there are few if any chains at all, but the Short North is anomaly and represents such a small slice of Central Ohio.

    Take a drive to the suburbs and one would be really hard-pressed to find an independent restaurant. One exception might be economically depressed suburbs could be seeing a resurgence in some independent restaurants due to depressed rents and an influx of immigrants. That said, fast-food and chains still dominant. In smaller towns, and imporverished and rural areas the dominance of chains (and waistlines as a result) is clear.

    Somewhat off subject, but a little relevant. I was recently in New York and in line for a cup of coffee and overheard a conversation about the calorie counts of the muffins being served. The muffins in question were about 700 calories or almost 1/3 of one’s suggested daily caloric intake. Anyhow the reason the conversation took place at all was because it’s now mandatory to post the calorie count right below the edibles. I think if people actually had better information at that point of sale or on menus, they might be reconsidering what their eating. Anecdotally, it was giving the people in line pause about what they were ordering and considering “was it worth it”.

    Another thing I might add is that the ingredients a chain uses is more than likely a lot shittier than what a independent would use. I’m willing to bet Jeni’s uses better ingredients than Baskin and Robbins. Now are they healthier I have no idea because I’m acting on no information about either product.

  49. misskitty September 21, 2008 1:26 pm at 1:26 pm

    I fully agree on the listing of Calories in food. Before I started looking 2 years ago and really looking at what i was eating I was 190lbs. now I look a head of time or I have a general Idea and I am at 130 :D happy days .

    But one note is some people don’t mind eating that 700 calorie muffin .

  50. JonMyers September 21, 2008 1:37 pm at 1:37 pm

    misskitty wrote I fully agree on the listing of Calories in food.

    Well, that’s just socialism. First our entire financial system, then this? – :)

  51. Walker Evans
    Walker September 21, 2008 3:30 pm at 3:30 pm

    614darknight wrote Being raised in northern OH on Denny’s and IHOP baby (key similarity: open 24/7), I’ve always wondered why they didn’t migrate to Columbus sooner??

    There were several IHOPs and Denny’s in Central Ohio in the past. Most of which have closed down. There may be one or two Denny’s left in the outskirts, but the IHOPs all closed. The “Little Bar” north of campus used to be an IHOP.

    614darknight wrote (File under WTF:) How did the FIRST Wendy’s, another great Ohio-based franchise, get closed down so unceremoniously without anything to replace it? It would seem like that store should have been spared and landmarked.

    Because Dave Thomas died, and the new heads of the company have been running it as a business and not a family business. They don’t care about the historic nature of the original location, they just care about the bottom line. The original location was losing money, so they axed it.

    JonMyers wrote Take a drive to the suburbs and one would be really hard-pressed to find an independent restaurant. One exception might be economically depressed suburbs could be seeing a resurgence in some independent restaurants due to depressed rents and an influx of immigrants. That said, fast-food and chains still dominant. In smaller towns, and imporverished and rural areas the dominance of chains (and waistlines as a result) is clear.

    Hard-pressed? It sounds like you don’t spend enough time exploring the burbs. ;) You’re correct that the economically depressed suburbs have seen a huge resurgence in independent business via cheaper rents and immigrant-owned businesses, but you can also find plenty of independent eateries in more economically stable areas as well. I could probably name at least a dozen great locally-run restaurants along the Bethel, Henderson, and Sawmill corridors in the UA and Dublin areas. I agree that chains and fast-food do reign supreme, but the independent spots in the burbs are really not that hard to find.

    JonMyers wrote Another thing I might add is that the ingredients a chain uses is more than likely a lot shittier than what a independent would use. I’m willing to bet Jeni’s uses better ingredients than Baskin and Robbins. Now are they healthier I have no idea because I’m acting on no information about either product.

    I would agree that Jeni’s probably sources higher quality ingredients than Baskin Robins, but I think that’s more to do with the level of quality they want to associate with their product, rather than their independent nature. Besides, Jeni’s is technically a chain now.

    I’m willing to bet that for every one example you can come up with of an Independent restaurant having higher quality food than a chain restaurant, someone can give an example of the opposite.

    I’d say that Chipotle sources higher quality ingredients than your average hold-in-the-wall mom-n-pop mexican joint in Columbus. I’m sure that Ted’s Montana Grill serves higher quality burgers than what you can find at a random mom-n-pop dive bar in Columbus. Deep fried bar food isn’t any healthier when it’s independently unfrozen.

  52. Cyclist September 21, 2008 4:47 pm at 4:47 pm

    Walker wrote

    JonMyers wrote Another thing I might add is that the ingredients a chain uses is more than likely a lot shittier than what a independent would use. I’m willing to bet Jeni’s uses better ingredients than Baskin and Robbins. Now are they healthier I have no idea because I’m acting on no information about either product.

    I would agree that Jeni’s probably sources higher quality ingredients than Baskin Robins, but I think that’s more to do with the level of quality they want to associate with their product, rather than their independent nature. Besides, Jeni’s is technically a chain now.

    I’m willing to bet that for every one example you can come up with of an Independent restaurant having higher quality food than a chain restaurant, someone can give an example of the opposite.

    I’d say that Chipotle sources higher quality ingredients than your average hold-in-the-wall mom-n-pop mexican joint in Columbus. I’m sure that Ted’s Montana Grill serves higher quality burgers than what you can find at a random mom-n-pop dive bar in Columbus. Deep fried bar food isn’t any healthier when it’s independently unfrozen.

    SYSCO supplies chains and indies all the same. Food is deeper than what is put on your table.

  53. Walker Evans
    Walker September 21, 2008 5:20 pm at 5:20 pm

    Cyclist wrote SYSCO supplies chains and indies all the same. Food is deeper than what is put on your table.

    They supply some chains and some indies. That’s my point exactly. No two places are the same and the INDIE > CHAIN argument can’t be used as a blanket statement because of so many exceptions.

  54. JonMyers September 21, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm

    I’m not in the food business, and have limited knowledge, but I would assume there are options for ordering different things from Sysco? For example, are restaurants able to order “organic” food stuffs?

  55. BCOZ September 22, 2008 7:40 am at 7:40 am

    JonMyers wrote I’m not in the food business, and have limited knowledge, but I would assume there are options for ordering different things from Sysco? For example, are restaurants able to order “organic” food stuffs?

    Yes. But…..

    Think of Sysco as a big grocery store (actually, the biggest) that delivers.

    Their suppliers must be able to produce a pretty big amount of product in order to “work” in the Sysco system.

    Therefore, “Ma n’ Pa’s Salsa” is unlikely to be a viable option in terms of volume and price and national availability.

    Having said that, there are plenty of “organic’ (love the quotes lol) suppliers that fit in the Sysco vendor profile.

    Finally, although Sysco offers produce, the VAST majority of restaurants get their produce locally. Local produce in most cases is fresher and cheaper.

  56. Roscoe
    Roscoe September 22, 2008 9:44 am at 9:44 am

    JonMyers wrote

    Take a drive to the suburbs and one would be really hard-pressed to find an independent restaurant. One exception might be economically depressed suburbs could be seeing a resurgence in some independent restaurants due to depressed rents and an influx of immigrants. That said, fast-food and chains still dominant. In smaller towns, and imporverished and rural areas the dominance of chains (and waistlines as a result) is clear.

    That may be true in some suburbs (I don’t know), but certainly isn’t in most small towns in Central Ohio. I live in Marysville and well over half of our restaurants are local one-of establishments. The frustration is hearing people who won’t pay $15/plate in a local establishment, but are excited about going to Applebees, etc. Here, we run the full gamut with everything from coffee shops and bakeries to solid dinner options. In many cases, the quality is higher than similar competitors in other markets because they have to be to stay afloat.

    I don’t know about all small towns, but in most around here (London, Bellefontains, Springfield to name a few) there are some great choices. So yeah, please don’t lump us in with your suburbs.

  57. Coremodels September 22, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am

    Roscoe wrote That may be true in some suburbs (I don’t know), but certainly isn’t in most small towns in Central Ohio.

    I don’t know, take a drive into the main strip of Washington Court House some time. It’s like the fast food and chain restaurant capital of the world.

  58. Roscoe
    Roscoe September 22, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am

    Coremodels wrote I don’t know, take a drive into the main strip of Washington Court House some time. It’s like the fast food and chain restaurant capital of the world.

    I don’t know the town well enough to know either, but I’m sure there’s more options downtown and not obvious from the car driving through.

    Here’s one list that has at least a few I’ve never heard of anywhere else: http://www.restaurantica.com/oh/washington-court-house/

  59. mightymighty
    mightymighty March 11, 2010 8:36 pm at 8:36 pm

    I saw this commercial and I wondered whatever happened to this…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt_OS54FFFE

  60. DavidF
    DavidF March 11, 2010 8:48 pm at 8:48 pm

    Funny you should revive this thread. I just had an initial phone interview for a position in an IHOP that is scheduled to open in Reynoldsburg this summer.

  61. BreakfastwithNick March 14, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm

    And I had an interview with The Lantern; they did an article on the eventual opening of IHOPs. Yours truly gets quoted towards the bottom!

    http://www.thelantern.com/campus/ihop-restaurant-to-open-in-columbus-eventually-1.1266605

  62. DavidF
    DavidF March 14, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm

    Nice!

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