The iconic A-frame at the corner of Lombard and Pierce was built for the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) back in 1968. And while it’s still open for business, the owners of the 3,600-square-foot restaurant and corner parking lot are now quietly looking for a new tenant, touting an immediate availability and “terrific for a variety of uses.”

Keep in mind that the corner parcel is currently zoned for development up to 40 feet in height, but bigger plans for the 2299 Lombard Street site have yet to be drafted, or at least formally or informally proposed.

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in (once we’re back from satiating a sudden craving for pancakes).

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Notcom

    Maybe they should just leave it: if you’ve eaten at an IHOP lately you’ll notice the prices have risen to the point they’re almost upscale.

  2. Posted by Brisket

    Just move the entire IHOP building to the top of the 40th floor roof with outdoor seating, they’d make a killing.

  3. Posted by Jim

    It’s 50 years old. Quick, somebody, landmark it.

  4. Posted by MDG399

    Mmmmm – Pancakes – Pigs inna blanket…. Syrup……. Mmmmm

  5. Posted by Drew

    Iconic seems a bit much — as if saying it was Inspired by Wienerschnitzel Architectural Style?

    • Posted by SocketSite

      Founded in 1958, the last of the iconic A-frame IHOPs, which was the chain’s signature design, was built in 1979.

    • Posted by Notcom

      Definitely Iconic, along with McD’s faux mansards, Doggie Diner (Dog) Heads, Taco Bell campanarios, and – yes – the Red Roofs. What makes this one remarkable is that (1) it’s still an IHOP, and (2) it seems not to have been remodeled much (tho IIRC the shade of the roof was originally a much lighter blue)

      Not suggesting that any of this is worthy of preservation, just that it fits the definition of “iconic”.

  6. Posted by Brooder

    I’m sure it can get landmark status in this town. The IHOP historic district. From a nutritional perspective it better goes fast.

  7. Posted by Nobody Important

    I’ve lived in the neighborhood for 20 years. I’ve never heard a single person refer to that IHOP as “iconic”. Sheesh.

  8. Posted by ElmerJFuddMillionaireGentrifier

    Why building housing in this location? Someone choosing to live directly on Lombard is absolutely baffling to me with the 24/7 noise and exhaust fumes.

    • Posted by Fishchum

      And yet somehow, people mysteriously do live on Lombard Street.

    • Posted by Ivoryhouse

      Maybe, just maybe, they cant afford $1,000 a square foot?

    • Posted by Scott

      People have lived next door to that iHop (i.e., 25 feet or so from Lombard) since I moved here in the 1980s. There is an apartment across the street that used to be a gas station. Apartments now stand on Lombard where a Pizzeria Uno used to be.

      • Posted by formerly%whatever

        The old Uno location is now Amici’s

  9. Posted by Scott

    It is definitely historic. I held a party in high school in 1988, and we walked from Cow Hollow over to i-Hop at 3 am, drunk and high, and ordered the rooty tooty fresh and fruity breakfast. If that’s not history, I don’t know what is. See ya later i-Hop, and thanks for all the syrup.

  10. Posted by Nobody Important

    It’s not open anymore. It’s now permanently closed.

  11. Posted by Ama

    This IHOP was a very good location for tourists and locals. All the time busy from early morning to Friday Saturday nights. Food and service was excellent. Can’t wait to come up again and to see IHOP here in this place.

    [Editor’s Note: As foreshadowed, this Ihop has since been shuttered.]

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