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IHOP turns 65 this year, and the chain is commemorating that milestone with a gift to its customers. From now through Aug. 27, the restaurant’s signature pancakes will be served my favorite way: all-you-can-eat for $5.

There’s more. During the promotional period, kids eat free, and IHOP is instituting a new rewards program called the International Bank of Pancakes. Join and receive a Free Pancake Combo after your first purchase.

No More Forks

Come on, fork it over! That is the message from New York City to restaurants whose habit is to load up takeout orders with plastic utensils, condiment packets, napkins, and so on. According to Newsday, eating establishments will henceforth exclude these extras unless a customer expressly asks for them.

The change is the result of a new “Skip the Stuff” law signed in February by Mayor Eric Adams. The objective of reducing plastic utensil waste when ordering take-out and food delivery is a positive move, but how does the city intend to enforce it? Will taxpayers have to foot the bill for undercover “ketchup police” to keep restaurateurs honest?