September 20, 2011, - 12:18 pm

Is Your IHOP Financing Islamic Terrorism? IHOP Refuses to ID Owner of Raided Franchises

By Debbie Schlussel

**** UPDATE #2: Waitress @ Jihad IHOP: Schlussel Is Right; Egyptian Muslim Owner Knowingly Hired Illegals ****

**** UPDATE: Owner of 7 IHOPs raided for terrorism money laundering and illegal aliens is (DRUM ROLL) . . . Tarek Elkafrawi a/k/a “Terry Elk,” an Arab Muslim. Shocker. ****

Who owns the IHOP restaurants that were apparently funding Islamic terrorism?  And why won’t IHOP answer questions about it?


As you may have heard, this morning members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)–including FBI and ICE agents–raided seven IHOP locations, this morning, on allegations of terrorism money laundering and employing illegal aliens.  Clearly, IHOP takes the “I” for “International” seriously.

This morning, I spoke with Patrick Lenow, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, DineEquity, Inc., the parent company of IHOP and Applebee’s.  He refused to answer my questions regarding the identity of the owner of all seven locations that were raided.  All locations are owned by a private IHOP franchisee, and Lenow deliberately said the company is keeping the identity of the franchisee “confidential.”  He wouldn’t say why.  I asked Lenow if the owner is of Middle Eastern descent or Muslim, and he also refused to answer that question, which means the answer is probably a resounding, “Yes!”  IHOP’s Lenow would only say that the franchisee is “fully” cooperating with the FBI and JTTF.  Sure, he is . . . now that he got caught, and I’m not sure it’s a case of “fully” cooperating.  More like, CYA.  On the other hand, one report says that the federal law enforcement agencies are also investigating the same allegations at restaurants nationwide.  We’ll see.

As I’ve told you in the past, this is exactly why I refuse to patronize Muslim-owned businesses.  Well, that, and the fact that they hate me and want to see the Jews and other infidels erased off the face of the earth.  You never know where your money is going after it leaves your wallet and enters the pockets of a Muslim.  It could be going to finance Islamic terrorism or just to pay membership dues at a hateful mosque (redundant phrase) or tuition at an anti-American Islamic school (redundant phrase #2).  In any event, I will not reward Muslims for their adherence to and membership in a hateful religion and their hateful views.  And they won’t get my money.  They shouldn’t get yours either.  You should investigate who owns restaurants and other businesses you patronize.  If the registered agent is “Mohammed” or “Zeinab,” spend your dollars elsewhere.  If the registered agent is “Tom” or “John,” try to find out who the corporate officers and shareholders are.


The franchise locations are all owned by the same private company, an IHOP spokesperson confirmed.

The locations of the IHOP raids include restaurants on Talmadge Road in west Toledo, Fremont-Pike in Perrysburg, Airport Highway and Central Highway in Toledo. . . .

Homeland Security and the FBI are involved in a joint investigation with the Toledo Police Department assisting. They have only revealed so far that it is a closed investigation. . . .

WTOL also reported officials are investigating terrorist accusations including money laundering as well possible illegal workers at many locations across the country right now.

I’ve written in the past about illegal alien fake ID rings at several McDonald’s locations, and those locations were all owned by the same franchisee, too.  I asked you if you thought the owner–who pleaded ignorance–was in on it.  In this case, I don’t see how there can be any doubt.  You can’t own seven IHOP locations without knowing you are employing illegals and financing Islamic terrorism.  Money laundering is something that the owner knows about, just as Talal Chahine, owner of the Middle Eastern restaurant chain, “La Shish,” knew his restaurants were laundering $21 million to Hezbollah . . . and he was personally conducting the operation and maintaining the separate books with one of his many Islamic wives.

Since the FBI and ICE are increasingly politically correct, they would not have conducted this raid without very solid evidence.  This was probably investigated to death for months before today’s raids.  And if I were a betting woman, I’d bet that a Muslim Arab is the owner of the IHOP restaurants raided, today.  And, as is obvious, he was in on the illegal activity every step of the way.

So, who owns the “Al-IHOP Sebah [seven in Arabic]” Toledo franchises?  If you know, please e-mail me.

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Illegal alien Muslims hiring ….err exploiting illegal alien Mexicans. Taken out of the playbook of Farouk Shami.

CaliforniaScreaming on September 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm

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    Terrorism with your pancakes? FBI, DHS, Police Raid 7 IHOP Restaurants
    Is there a terrorist investigation in the Heartland? There are conflicting reports, but FBI, Homeland Security, ICE and IRS agents along with local police raided seven IHOP restaurants, six in Ohio and one in Evansville, Indiana. The warrants are sealed but boxes were seized and loaded into U-Hauls.
    By Ms. Smith on Tue, 09/20/11 – 3:00pm.

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    Well, well, well, there was some scattered excitement and murmurings of possible terrorist investigations as the feds were busy raiding seven IHOP restaurants across Ohio and Indiana on Tuesday morning. It took about an hour and a half to arrive at the IHOP Evansville scene were the FBI was working as the lead agency with assistance from Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, IRS agents and local law enforcement.

    Even as Johnny-on-the-spot, there seemed to be a whole lot of nothing going on from the outside looking in, watching a U-Haul van parked in the back of the IHOP in Evansville, Indiana. Although I was ready for it, armed with the ACLU photographers’ rights, no one harassed me about taking photos. Evansville employees sat behind the building and waited while the feds were inside. Although no one wanted to comment, another IHOP employee and perhaps manager kept barking, “Who are you talking to?” at the others who were using their cell phones.

    While most agents who descended on the scene were being tight-lipped about executing a sealed search warrant and the raid, the FBI told 14 News that the agents on scene in Evansville were from the Cleveland, Ohio branch, but all the raided IHOPs are owned by “Tarek Elkafrawi, locally known as Terry Elks.” Elk owns seven IHOPs: one in Evansville, Indiana, two in Toledo, Ohio, and the other four also in Ohio: one each in Holland, Lima, Perrysburg and Findlay. Two of Elks’ homes and two storage units were also raided, according to WTOL. As many as 50 boxes filled with files were removed from one IHOP in Toledo and “dozens” removed from another.

    Although the investigation is closed, a “well-placed source in the Toledo Police Department” told WTOL that the feds are investigating money laundering, funding terrorist organizations and possible undocumented workers. Conversely, Patrick Lenow, director of corporate communications for DineEquity, parent company of IHOP and Applebee’s told the Evansville Courier & Press, “We have been told by authorities it does not involve terrorism.” Lenow added that DineEquity as well as IHOP franchise owner Terry Elks were cooperating with all the raids.

    The Toledo Blade in Ohio claimed the raids were “reportedly for suspected terrorist activity.” An update by the Toledo Blade included Toledo IHOP assistant manager, Travis Noe, saying, “Agents with badges and guns arrived shortly after 6 a.m. He said the agents told him to stay still and allow them to search the place and gave no details on why they were searching the restaurant. After taking out boxes, the agents left about 10:30 a.m.” Yet another IHOP employee said he when he arrived at work this morning, he was immediately ordered “to put his hands up in the air.”

    FBI Special Agent Scott Wilson told the Courier & Press that he did not know if anyone was detained from the seven IHOP restaurant raids on Tuesday morning. Like the six IHOP locations in Ohio, federal agents loaded white boxes allegedly filled with documents into a U-Haul trailer. At the time of this report, although 10 boxes were taken in through the back door, seven boxes were removed from the Evansville IHOP restaurant by gun-toting feds like in the image below. The Courier & Press added that “one agent had what appeared to be three or four computer hard drives in his hands.”

    The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Indiana told WIBC that it would neither “confirm nor deny the existence of any investigation.”

    RJ on September 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Usually search within the local tax collectors website, displays ownership and DBA by location. These are public records.

CB on September 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I know there have been plenty of brawls
there this year as reported by Drudge
And Stuff Black People Don’t Like. I did not kno
That these pig parlors were owned by
Islamists. The hogs get slopped at IHOP.
Confederate South

Confederate South on September 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm

GUESS I was to harsh…oh well…lol

mike on September 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I wonder…do Muslim franchisees of IHOPs serve bacon or sausage at their locations?

I don’t plan to find out as I’ve dined at an IHOP maybe twice in my life. The food is nothing to crow about…

Alan on September 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

If its a privately held company, they don’t need to release information about their shareholders to the public. I think you’d need to look up their SEC filings to find out who heads them and who pays for their salary.

NormanF on September 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Thank you for the article, Debbie. Thank G-d that I have never eaten there.

BTW, your link on the Toldeo Blade article doesn’t work. It says that the story doesn’t exist. I searched the website and there are two stories about the IHOP raid there on the Toledo Blade. I would link it but I’m not sure which one is the correct article.

JeffE on September 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Hate speech like this is the reason terrorism is a threat to America. You and eveyone who agrees with you should be truely ashamed of this write up. What a wash. Even from an objective standpoint your analysis is fanatical at best and lacks any grasp of the actual situation. Other reports have way more information and moderation.

You are disgusting.

Concerned for mental health on November 10, 2011 at 12:39 am

wow… and to think the USA is all about freedom and the ability to speak your mind and spend your money oon the things of YOUR chosing…
I have personally worked for 5 different owners at 3 different locations of IHOP resturaunts in the midwest… the worst owner to work for by far was a man from new york who owns probly around 35 ihop locations by now through out the us. his top about 5 employees who are just under the owner himself make it a policy to attempt to bed any and all host and serving staff as well as female managers every time they come to town… and also maake it a habit to let the locations run on such bare bones staff, and food that the 86 board typically includes more meats than are present in tthe resturaunt… he was born and raised in the USA, and his profits go into his pockets. obamacare has led to this man reducing his full time employees to a max of 28 hours per week, if they should pass those 28 hrs they are punished by losing a entire shift the following week… the best owner of the 5 I have worked for was a muslim family who own just one ihop, and treat each and every employee as family. sexual harassment is not tolerated to the point of being automaticly fired if a complaint comes in and can be verified by the many security cameras located inside and outside of the resturaunt. this muslim family came to the usa from irán aproximately 20 years ago and have all worked their way up from being dishwashers making mínimum wage to now owning a location for themselves. i think it is disgusting that the focus of all this bullshit is focused on the biased opinions of an obviously white extremely racist biased person who has nothing better to do than hive ihop more shitty publicity. come on now, you are doing nothing more than making all of the workers look and feel bad, regardless of the outcome of the investigation, the government that is running this country of ours contributes more to the terrorist´s countries than any ihop owner possibly could. find the fault where it truely líes. find something better to do with your time than focusing on people who are working damn hard for their money!

local ihop server on March 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Your views are so biased. They only publish what bad stuff happens, when there is also crazy Christian terrorists. Open up your eyes. You’re being soooooooo ignotant.

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