IHOP’s expansion on Long Island will continue in the old Ruby Tuesday digs, while the pancake chain restaurant planned for Syosset has been delayed.
An IHOP will open at 700 E. Patchogue Yaphank Road in Medford at Sunshine Square, said Maria Pace, spokeswoman for Brixmor Property Group Inc., the Manhattan-based real estate company that owns the mall.
A Ruby Tuesday restaurant left the 5,800 square foot building in November 2020 after more than 14 years there, Pace said.
A franchisee will open IHOP in Medford this summer, said an IHOP company representative, who declined to provide more information about the planned restaurant, including the name of the owner.
Dine Brands Global Inc., based in Glendale, Calif., owns the IHOP and Applebee restaurant brands.
There are over 1,750 IHOP restaurants worldwide, all of which are franchised.
Of the 19 existing IHOP franchises on Long Island, four have opened in the past five years, including Farmingdale and Riverhead.
“We have passionate franchisees in the Long Island area, and they are excited to grow their local businesses in the area. We have worked with franchisees to execute long-term development agreements to continue serving Long Island communities. Island,” IHOP said. the rep said.
Delay in Syosset
In November 2019, Newsday reported that IHOP franchisee Daniel Chun had paid $2.5 million for a former Midas auto repair shop in Syosset that he planned to turn into an IHOP. The 5,000 square foot building sits on a half acre lot at 220 Jericho Tpke.
IHOP initially said the restaurant was tentatively scheduled to open in the spring of 2020, but announced on Monday that the restaurant would open in 2023.
The company, however, did not respond to Newsday’s inquiry into why the opening was delayed.
Chun, who operates multiple IHOPs on Long Island and Staten Island, and New Jersey, did not respond to Newsday’s requests for comment.
A site plan application for the Syosset IHOP was submitted to the City of Oyster Bay’s planning division in March 2020, city spokesman Brian Nevin said.
But the city issued a code violation in December 2021 for non-maintenance of the property that must be resolved before the site plan application can be referred to city council for a public hearing, Nevin said.
The IHOP project has received all other approvals necessary to return the plans to the city council, including an approval from the city’s Department of Public Works on January 3 and a letter of no objection from the New State Department of Transportation. York on Dec. 16 because the property is on a state right-of-way, he said.