Is IHOP Really Closing?
SAN ANGELO, TX — Recent social media posts have stirred up a rumor of another major restaurant closure in San Angelo. This rumor is false, but definitely displays the effects social media has on businesses in San Angelo.
The rumor floating around today is that because Applebee's here in San Angelo was closed by its franchisee El Apple, now the International House of Pancakes, or what we affectionately call the IHOP, located at Loop 306 and College Hills, is closing as well.
The rumor goes that the IHOP franchise owner is the same as the owner of Applebee's, so it makes sense IHOP is also shutting down. Meanwhile, caution tape surrounding San Angelo's only IHOP reinforced the rumor.
Here's the truth:
San Angelo IHOP's manager, Celina Gonzalez, told us the caution tape is only there to protect diners as the restaurant breaks ground on a remodel of this location, in both the front and back areas of the restaurant. She further stated that the IHOP here is part of Romulus, Inc., a thriving franchisee of over 80 locations nationwide (as of this 2016 article). "The San Angelo IHOP will not be going anywhere, anytime soon," she said.
Part of the confusion, and what gave the social media rumor credibility, is that Applebee's and IHOP are two brands owned by the same parent corporation, DineEquity. In August, DineEquity announced it was closing 160 corporate-run locations nationwide. Franchisees aren't impacted by this.