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5 Things You'll Never See at IHOP Again

RIP, syrup bottles.

IHOP holds a special place in many Americans' hearts, and for good reason. The pancake-slinging chain makes breakfast food perfect for any meal of the day. But post-coronavirus, things are going to look a lot different at IHOP—and yes, that includes those iconic syrup bottles.

Here's a look at some of the things you may never see at IHOP again, so you can prepare for reopening. And for more ways things will be different, These Are All of the Coronavirus Food Rules That Are Changing.

Reusable menus

two kids looking at ihop menu
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It's not the best option for the environment, but it's a win for sanitation: IHOP is moving to single-use paper menus, per the company's coronavirus response statement.

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Servers without face coverings

IHOP storefront

As at other chain restaurants, servers will be wearing face coverings as IHOP locations reopen.

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Syrup bottles at your table

bottles of ihop syrup
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Yes, those flavored syrups are fun to sample, but they're also high-touch items. IHOP is now using "syrups and condiments provided in single-use containers" instead.

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Pre-set tables

Ihop coffee mug steaming

If you're used to walking into a restaurant and seeing a coffee mug on your table—perfect for those bottomless refills—you'll be disappointed. The CDC recommends that restaurants use disposable flatware when possible, and even if you do end up using washable flatware, it won't be waiting at your table in a neat roll. Instead, servers likely will bring cups and silverware to guests once they've been seated.

It's also unlikely that your server will refill your water or coffee cup at your table from a communal pitcher or pot—you'll probably get a new cup with each refill.


two white women hugging

IHOP is a great setting for catching up with people you haven't seen in a while. But the restaurant's coronavirus guidelines for guests ask that they practice social distancing, even while eating. "Air hugs and friendly waves across the booth are encouraged," the statement reads.

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