opened its doors quietly Tuesday morning without any formal declaration to the public.
The new IHOP, located off Solomons Island Road in the Lee Airpark shopping center, is open and ready for business, but isn't advertising that fact in order to slowly "work out the kinks" before the place gets too busy.
A greeter at the IHOP told Patch the business is open Sunday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
The "quiet opening" will help the staff address any operational problems that accompany opening a new location, the IHOP greeter said. IHOP will soon have miniature menus that include its dishes and phone number so the community can become better acquainted with the breakfast chain, she said.
Local resident Lenny Archambeault visited the IHOP Tuesday and said there were about 50 other people inside when he sat down.
It appeared the slow opening was a good idea, as Archambeault said the server got his order wrong the first time around. However, the food was very good, he said.
Patch called Venture Construction Co., the IHOP building's developers, to learn when they might host a grand opening, but a project manager was unavailable.
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