The Dayton area’s fourth IHOP restaurant is gearing up to open in the coming weeks.
The region’s newest IHOP — at 3324 Benchwood Road in Vandalia, near the Miller Lane/York Commons development — is scheduled to open in mid-March, Jamila Gilbert, spokeswoman for local IHOP franchisee PDG/Prestige Development Group, told this news outlet via email this week.
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There had been some back-and-forth between Vandalia city officials and the local IHOP developer over proper signage at the restaurant, but those issues have been resolved, and a final walk-through inspection by city building officials could come as early as today, Friday Jan. 26, a spokesman for the city of Vandalia said Thursday.
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When it comes, the Vandalia restaurant opening will mean IHOP will have doubled its Miami Valley footprint in just six months. An IHOP opened Sept. 5 at 7611 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights, joining restaurants in Beavercreek and Springfield that marked the the first two locations of IHOP’s re-entry into the Dayton-area market.
IHOP opened the first of a projected seven IHOP locations in the region in October 2015 on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek, and the second one in October 2016 on Bechtle Avenue in Springfield.
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The region had multiple IHOP locations in the 1970s and 1980s, including one near Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 near the Dayton Mall and one on Shiloh Springs Road near the former Salem Mall, but those restaurants closed nearly three decades ago.