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IHOP free pancake day serves up a side of charity
Nothing beats free food, except maybe free food for a good cause, so people are flipping for free flapjacks as IHOP celebrates National Pancake Day on Tuesday.
The restaurant chain designates one day a year in which all locations give out complimentary buttermilk pancakes to customers in the hopes that they may make charitable donations benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, headquartered in the chain's home base of Glendale, Calif.
Since beginning the tradition in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $10 million for the Children's Miracle Network, according to the company's website.
Jacob Ozervfky, who owns the IHOP on Central Park Avenue in Yonkers with his daughter, said his restaurant already has been busier than 2012's giveaway day.
"People are standing in the lobby," Ozervfky said. "By the end of the day, I think we'll have at least 1,000 people."
Ozervfky, who brought in extra wait staff for the day, said customers are grateful for the free grub.
Each patron receives three free pancakes, with no obligation to pay or buy anything else, but Ozervfky said most customers do donate.
"Everybody's excited, everybody's happy and everybody's participating," he said.
Because breakfast for dinner is just as delicious, National Pancake Day will continue until 10 p.m. at all IHOP restaurants.
Local IHOP locations:
• 2620 Central Park Ave., Yonkers
• 1375 Boston Post Rd., Larchmont
• 28 S. Central Ave., Hartsdale
• 1745 East Main St., Lake Mohegan
• 4282 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack
• 40 Spring Valley Market Place, Spring Valley
• 44 Route 17K, Newburgh
• 155 Dolson Ave., Middletown
• 2550 South Rd., Poughkeepsie