UPDATE: Teaneck IHOP Expected to Stay Open

Deal being worked out to keep the franchise on Cedar Lane, company spokesman says.

An IHOP spokesman now says the Cedar Lane pancake house is expected to stay open and the company is working out a deal to secure a franchise owner for the location. 

Company spokesman Craig Hoffman initially told Patch the store would close "sooner rather than later," but said later on Wednesday the company was in the process of securing a franchise owner for the Teaneck location. 

"We do not expect our store to close," Hoffman said Wednesday evening in a reversal of an earlier statement. 

It was not clear why the property was listed for lease on real estate listings. The property owner could not be immediately reached to comment. 


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Updated 5:32 p.m. Wednesday. 

Ileen Zovluck January 02, 2013 at 08:26 PM
The town of Teaneck is quickly turning into one big parking lot!
zizi January 02, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Another one bites the dust....... now some people will ask for performance center or arts studio.....
shimon baum January 02, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Maybe Walgreens can just take over all of Cedar Lane. They can make the world's biggest Walgreens.
Laurie January 02, 2013 at 09:08 PM
How many more of the classics on Cedar Lane are we going to lose?
David Zatz January 02, 2013 at 09:54 PM
The place was always busy; I wonder why IHOP chose not to renew the franchise. I also wonder why the owners chose not to rebrand the place (if that's even possible, according to the contract, without major renovation.)
David Zatz January 02, 2013 at 10:27 PM
As a side note, this has nothing to do with the cinema shutdown, as far as I can tell. It looks bad when you read the list of closures until you realize Louie's has been for sale for years, and Yo Boys and Louie's were probably both pushed over the edge by the cinemas' closing. The Walgreen's... surely there's competition for that space?
John Santaella January 02, 2013 at 10:34 PM
The IHOP spot is an ideal place for a bank or a pharmacy.
John Santaella January 02, 2013 at 10:36 PM
This should solve the problem of shopping on Cedar Lane as people are always complaining of the lack of parking.
Esther Sandrof January 02, 2013 at 11:15 PM
It would make a great nail salon.
Diane Schwarz January 02, 2013 at 11:25 PM
So are they staying open, or closing? I was on Cedar Lane on Sunday, the 30th, and took my life in my hands walking! Even stores that still claim to be open did not clear their sidewalks! Isn't shoveling required? If one can't even walk, how can you shop?
Noah Cohen January 02, 2013 at 11:27 PM
They are staying open, according to the IHOP spokesman quoted in the story. We were first told by the company that they were closing, but that changed.
Art Vatsky January 02, 2013 at 11:48 PM
You would think that, as the number of dining options drop, there would be more business for each of the remaining restaurants. Keep the IHOP but how about an Outback that is open for lunch as well as evening service? Seriously though, we need more than eateries on Cedar Lane. Maybe a hardware store? We already have a great bookstore, shoe store, banks and hair and nail salons and pharmacies galore, a barber shop, gas stations. I mention again bus shelters and a Teaneck-only circulating bus to bring residents to/from all our shopping districts.
carol weinstein karlin January 03, 2013 at 01:18 AM
can we ever have too many nail salons? but seriously folks, there is more to teaneck than observant, kosher jews. and although I am one of them, non kosher eaters eat out...walk around tenafly, engelwood, ramsey, and what do you see? a variety of eateries, shops, movie theaters, some empty store fronts. mostly, you see people. it is really sad if our town cannot keep an ihop.
JamesTS January 03, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Carol: All due respect...did you even read the article? It says they are NOT closing and that IHOP gave The Patch some information at first. While i do agree that Teaneck businesses are hurting big time we should first read articles carefully before making judgments please.
carol weinstein karlin January 03, 2013 at 02:48 AM
yes, james, i did read the article. there was an element of sarcasm in my post. however, there is a real need for diversification and investment in cedar lane. not more banks, or nail salons, or drugstores, and certainly not more kosher eateries. but there are other enterprises. and we need them. including an ihop.
Remy Wright January 03, 2013 at 08:43 AM
we already have one dance art creative center
David Schwartz January 03, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Why not more kosher 'eateries' if they can make money and survive? A quality kosher Japanese style steakhouse would be a welcome addition. A Mabat clone would also be very welcome as Mabat is sorely missed. If you want to delve into the absurd why not a kosher KFC or even IHOP?
Laura De Angelo January 03, 2013 at 05:16 PM
A Panera Bread would be perfect for Cedar Lane, but that's probably only a dream..otherwise, we need clothing stores, gift shops, shoe stores, something that might bring people back to town - a la the departed Joey's, etc.
shimon baum January 04, 2013 at 02:06 PM
So the most generic chain restaurant isn't closing. What a victory.
Deborah M. Griffin January 05, 2013 at 05:44 AM
I don't even go to that IHOP anymore; they have the worst service and food. I prefer the IHOP in Englewood. Nice people and good food. As for the Movie Theatre; they never showed anything worth going to see anyway,
John Santaella January 05, 2013 at 07:09 AM
Cedar Lane Cinema always had a variety of films. As to the IHOP, I agree with you Deborah.
JAD January 05, 2013 at 06:13 PM
David, Because for my family another Kosher eatery will not keep our money withing town to a local establishment for the most part. We enjoy eating out on the weekends and kosher establishment tend not to be open during the time I would frequesnt them. The also do not offer food choices for my lifestyle that would make them a go to place each time I go out. You need to understand for those who are not religous and dead Main Street on Friday and Saturdays stinks and leaves no other choise but to go elsewhere instead of supporting business in my own town.
hcourt January 05, 2013 at 07:41 PM
The IHOP on Cedar Lane is great. I go in the evenings and the workers for that shift are wonderful. The IHOP in Englewood has a horrible parking lot.
Ileen Zovluck January 05, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Very well said, JAD. It's impossible to enjoy restaurants, or for that matter any other retailers when they're CLOSED. Teaneck has become a wasteland on the weekends, and many of us LIKE to eat out and/or shop on Saturdays.
JamesTS January 05, 2013 at 07:51 PM
I agree but i also say get rid of Blue Laws AND have more places open Friday/Saturday. Personally, i would have liked to see IHOP close and a nicer place to eat move in. OF course that's just a dream in Teaneck.
John Santaella January 06, 2013 at 03:59 AM
Blue laws have nothing to do with eateries being open on Friday nights. Many restaurants have opened n the Plaza area over the past few years. They are much better than having empty storefronts. There are few empty stores in that area compared to a number of years ago.
JAD January 06, 2013 at 01:26 PM
I think that he meant those as two separate thoughts. Blue law repeal would open up a variety of shopping on Sundays and not adding additional Kosher restraints would better serve those residents who enjoy going out on the weekends to grab a bit to eat. Personally it makes no difference to me wether the plaza storefronts are empty or not because my family rarely if ever chooses to go out to eat on the evening they are open. I still leave town 9 times out of 10 when we do go out.


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