The Herald Bulletin

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April 11, 2009

AU students’ pancake place popular on campus

ANDERSON — Anderson University students will wait in line for an hour for pancakes, students Graham Brown and Josh MacInnes found out last weekend.

On opening night of their new business venture, The Flop, hungry students formed a line that wrapped around the building in University Plaza, next to campus. Brown and MacInnes, both management majors at the school, considered it a success.

“On Saturday night, we could not have served a single person more,” Brown said. “We know we won’t be millionaires at the end of the month. At the end of the four weeks, we still want lines out the door, we still want people to be talking about it.”

The Flop, a late-night pancake house, will be open 10 p.m. Fridays to 10 a.m. Saturdays and 10 p.m. Saturdays to 3 a.m. Sundays in April.

In the first weekend alone, Brown and MacInnes more than doubled their sales goal for the first two days and made up 40 percent of their goal for the month.

“It was really just one of these ideas you’re just sitting in class throwing around,” Graham said. “For three weeks, it was in one of those stages where it could happen, it probably won’t. A week and a half ago, it went from slight reality to real reality.”

Brown, a junior, and MacInnes, a senior, have had several classes together at AU and are using what they have learned in class to fulfill their business plan for The Flop. The Falls School of Business provided the business’ start-up capital through its department initiative grant.

“We just provide the framework to make it happen,” said Falls School of Business Dean Terry Truitt said. “Class is important, but you have to get your hands dirty.”

The pancakes are made from a family recipe of MacInnes, whose father worked at a diner in Minnesota called the Highway Host. When he left the diner, his severance package consisted of the recipe for the diner’s buttermilk pancakes.

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