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The Amherst Planning Board has cleared the way for the International House of Pancakes to set up shop on Maple Road.

The board Thursday approved the site plan for a 5,000-square-foot restaurant at 4003 Maple Road, site of the former Chi-Chi's Restaurant. The existing building will be demolished to make way for the new restaurant.

The new building will be one of the chain's standard designs, according to a local IHOP spokesman. It will seat 176 people, with parking for 72 vehicles.

A tower will grace the front of the one-story building. A parapet wall about six feet higher than the roof will conceal rooftop equipment.

The restaurant will be the first IHOP in Western New York in the last decade. The company also is negotiating a deal for a site in Clarence.

In other action, the board:

Approved the site plan for a new Anderson's Frozen Custard. The local chain will open its 10th location in the Buffalo Niagara region at the corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Roger Chaffee Drive, the former site of Custard's Last Stand. The existing building will be demolished and a 2,900-square-foot restaurant erected.

The restaurant will offer indoor seating for 75 people, and outdoor seating in warm weather for another 70. The outdoor seating will be divided between Niagara Falls Boulevard and Roger Chaffee Drive.

Approved plans to add six gas pumps at the Tops store at 9660 Transit Road. The Town Board voted in January to rezone one-third of an acre in that plaza to motor service, paving the way for a Tops-owned gas station to go in.

The Town Board stipulated that fuel trucks use the driveways farthest north and farthest east to access the gas station, and that fuel delivery be restricted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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