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Chain Restaurants: How They Got Their Starts


Original Location: Toluca Lake, Calif.

Fun Facts: Founders Al and Jerry Lapin opened the first International House of Pancakes in the Los Angeles suburb of Toluca Lake, Calif. In 1960, the company began to expand through franchising. IHOP recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and as of March 31, 2010, has more than 1,461 locations coast to coast.

(AP Photo/Nick Ut, file)

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