An IHOP 3-stack of pancakes. CONTRIBUTED

IHOP restaurants coming to Dayton area

The IHOP chain will re-enter the Dayton-area market after a decades-long absence and is considering a Beavercreek location near the Mall at the Fairfield Commons as one of its first local restaurants.

“I can confirm that we are coming to Dayton,” said IHOP spokesman Craig Hoffman. “Dayton has been one of the most-requested locations for IHOP in quite some time.”

Hoffman said he could not disclose the total number of restaurants that the chain is looking to open in the region, or comment on specific locations for any of those restaurants.

But Pete Nichols with the Dayton office of commercial real estate firm Colliers International said this morning that he is representing a developer of IHOP restaurants and is close to closing a contract for an IHOP to be built in the 2400 block of North Fairfield Road, across from the Mall at Fairfield Commons near Target.

Planning and zoning officials with the city of Beavercreek say they have not yet received any plans or permit applications for the IHOP.

IHOP operates multiple restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas. But the closest IHOPs to Dayton are in West Chester, Mason and Richmond, Ind. The Dayton area had 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 about 25 years ago.