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IHOP® cancels annual National Pancake Day and issues Guests an “IOU”

Guests Who Sign up for MyHOP Email Club by March 31 Will Receive a  Free Short Stack Redeemable Throughout April 2021

Donations Collected in Restaurants, on Checks or Online Benefit Rady Children’s Hospital

For more than 14 years, local IHOP locations have celebrated National Pancake Day®, a one-day, in-restaurant event where guests can enjoy a free Short Stack* of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes, while also supporting Rady Children’s Hospital . Despite an unwavering love of pancaking together under IHOP’s iconic blue roof, the safety of guests and team members remains IHOP’s top priority. With that in mind, IHOP announced they are cancelling its annual one-day celebration – and flipping it into a month-long event, issuing an IOU for a free Short Stack to be redeemed throughout the month of April.

To qualify for the offer, sign up to become a MyHOP email club member by March 31, 2021 and IHOP will issue you an IOU coupon good for a free Short Stack of buttermilk pancakes starting on April 1, 2021*. That coupon can be redeemed throughout the month of April in-restaurant or to-go via or the IHOP Mobile App. Additionally, not all restaurants are open for dine-in service. To confirm if your IHOP restaurant is open for dine-in service, call your local restaurant. Anyone who is not a MyHOP member can still get a free Short Stack during this time with a minimum $10 purchase in restaurants or to-go by downloading a coupon via or the IHOP app**.

National Pancake Day has always been a moment to put purpose behind the pancakes and give back to children in communities across the country. Throughout April, IHOP is encouraging guests to make an on-check, in-restaurant or online donation for as little as $1 to support Rady Children’s Hospital. Over the past 14 years, IHOP guests have raised over $600,000 for Rady Children’s Hospital throughout San Diego, Imperial and Riverside County. Funds raised during IHOP’s National Pancake Day have helped Rady Children’s Hospital treat hundreds of thousands of kids and their families and donations raised as part of IHOP’s National Pancake Day 2021 celebration will help provide families with everything from critical care to essential items.

To donate, please visit and scroll to the “Pancakes With Purpose” section to select the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital “Donate now” icon.

To learn more about IHOP’s COVID-19 response, visit

*Limit one free Short Stack for dine-in or online via the IHOP website or mobile app. Not valid with other offers, coupons or discounts. No cash value. Void if copied, photographed, scanned, reproduced or altered in any way. Participation and hours may vary by restaurant; not valid for redemption at IHOP restaurants in New York or Washington, D.C. Please contact your local IHOP for details.

** One free Short Stack per order of $10 or more via the IHOP website, mobile app or dine-in at participating IHOP locations. Tax and gratuity excluded. Not valid with other offers, coupons or discounts. Other restrictions may apply.