Yes, it's absolutely true that D.C. lacks a sufficiently greasy breakfast spot in the Georgetown/Foggy Bottom area. I've had to trek out to diners in Virginia to get the one food that always makes a hangover disappear; pancakes (preferably chocolate chip, please). But to bring an IHOP to Georgetown just doesn't seem right.As a good friend once said to me, "When will you learn, Arielle? IHOP is always right." She has a point, a 24/7 pancake spot in the heart of bars infested with college kids and young professionals seems like a sensible business plan. Monopolizing on young drunks with money looking for a late-night feast is sure to be successful at any college hot-spot. But will this all-night eatery become too loud and rowdy for Georgetown residents?
To combat the presumed fears of those asleep by 10 p.m. in Georgetown, this IHOP franchise is set to be owned and run by police officers, much like their other IHOP location set to open in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. Run by former NFL defense lineman Tyoka Jackson, his brother Clarence Jackson III, a Metropolitan Police Department police officer, and their father Clarence Jackson, the Columbia Heights and possibly Georgetown or Deanwood locations will have off-duty police officers on pancake patrol from 11 p.m. - 6 a.m.
Being that Georgetown is home to mostly non-chain restaurants, I see this proposed IHOP location and their choice of staffers as being in a bit of sticky situation, and not due to syrup spills. Given the location and abundance of other choices of eateries during the daytime and evenings, most of this IHOP location's business will most likely come from Georgetown bar-hoppers looking for a bite to eat before they head home for the night. But will the police officers on pancake patrol scare those with the late-night munchies away, leaving IHOP empty all day long?
Only time will tell if this IHOP will become synonymous with International House of Police.