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CARBONDALE — Pancakes and stuffed French toast are now more readily available in Carbondale as the IHOP will open Monday.

In the place of the former blighted Unicity Inn hotel, will sit a newly constructed IHOP with more space to grow. The property sits next to Staples and just down the street from University Mall along the entryway into the city from the east.

The anticipation of the restaurant started back in February 2015 when it was announced the Unicity Inn would be demolished, and the past year has seen the site as a construction zone.

IHOP Owner Andy Patel said he has vast experience when it comes to running similar establishments. He said Thursday that he has been in the “IHOP business” for 26 years. He has owned IHOPs in Florida, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, and he is the owner of the restaurant being constructed in Marion.

IHOP isn’t Patel’s only business venture, as he has owned Pizza Hut, Burger King and Applebee’s franchises throughout the country.

“I always came to Carbondale and thought it would be a good spot for a breakfast place,” he said, adding that he didn’t see very many breakfast spots in the area.

The restaurant will open officially Monday, but Patel said there will be a grand opening celebration about Oct. 17 or 18.

During the first two official days of business, Patel said the business will be donating part of its proceeds to particular organizations in the city.

On Monday, he said IHOP is giving 100 percent of its proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale. Any proceeds gained during normal business hours — 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. — will go to the club.

Then, on Tuesday, the restaurant will match any donations given to the Carbondale Park District at the restaurant up to $5,000. Patel said the goal is to generate $10,000 for the part district.

Connected to the building is a 3,000-square-foot facility that is open for rent. Behind the building facing Illinois 13, is another 6,000-square-foot building with no immediate plans. He said he has spoken with a few companies, but there haven’t been any deals made.

Patel said the Marion facility is scheduled to open the second week of November. After these buildings are open, he said he will be expanding to Mount Vernon and Effingham with IHOPs.

“The city has been so great to work with,” Patel said. “Because of City Manager Gary Williams, I landed much quicker here.

“We wanted to help clean up this area.”

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Source: Southeast HEALTH

Join SoutheastHEALTH in welcoming IHOP to Cape Girardeau on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 3 and 4, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The owners of the restaurant, Andy and Anissa Patel, will donate 100 percent of gross proceeds during those hours on Monday to benefit breast cancer patients via the Southeast Cancer Patient Experience Fund. Tuesday’s proceeds, which will be donated in honor of Dahya Patel, the father of restaurant owner Andy Patel, will aid SoutheastHEALTH’s new neonatal intensive care unit and Southeast’s Women’s & Children’s Services.

As part of Southeast’s “Bravest Wear Pink” breast cancer awareness campaign, Cape Girardeau police and firefighters will greet guests at IHOP. KEZS Radio will do a live remote on Monday morning at IHOP. On Tuesday, fairy tale princesses will visit with guests, adding a special magic to meals, along with other fun-filled activities including a live remote by KGMO Radio.

Anissa Patel says, “Andy and I are passionate about giving back to the community whenever the opportunity arises. The opening of IHOP in Cape allows us to let the community know that we are all about giving back. We hope everyone will come out on Nov. 3 and 4 to embrace these causes with us as a community.”

The IHOP restaurant is located at 2406 William Street, next to Dairy Queen.

Plans for the old Pasta House building in Cape Girardeau are beginning to take shape — in the form of a long-rumored IHOP restaurant.

Neal Dahya, a controller for Apple Investor Group LLC, confirmed Tuesday the company’s owners are planning to put an IHOP in the former Pasta House Co. building at 2046 William St. It is scheduled to open Oct. 1.

Dahya was responsible for contacting the city about the future IHOP, according to the Cape Girardeau city development office . He works with Applebee’s, IHOP, Stevi B’s and Burger King.

However, the city’s plan review specialist confirmed no business licenses or permits are in place for the owner of the building, Pancake Holding LLC.

“[Pancake Holding LLC] can demolish and remove interior finishes without a permit, but they need building permits to put back new construction,” Anna Kangas said.

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