Wicked Local Framingham | By Jim Haddadin
August 15, 2016
FRAMINGHAM — Bacon, eggs and buttermilk pancakes will soon be available around the clock at a shopping plaza off Rte. 9 near Framingham State University.
Members of the Planning Board recently approved plans for a new 24-hour IHOP to open on Edgell Road. The 182-seat eatery will replace the former Red Pepper Chinese restaurant, which has been shuttered since last year.
The Planning Board in July granted several waivers for the project, and also approved special permits easing parking requirements and allowing the plaza to offer 158 spaces rather than the required 230.
The developers contend the available parking will “more than satisfy” the actual demand, based on parking counts conducted while Red Pepper was still open last year. The new IHOP will have more seating and more employees than the previous restaurant, but would be busiest at times that don’t conflict with surrounding businesses, according to the developers.
Also known as the International House of Pancakes, IHOP specializes in breakfast dishes, including its signature “Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity” pancakes.