The International House of Pancakes is (allegedly) changing its name

Andrew Cummings
June 10, 2018

Pancake house chain IHOP, or The International House of Pancakes, has revealed its plans to change its name to IHOb.

Burritos, Brexitfest, bacon, biscuits, along with several NSFW words have been thrown out as possibilities for the mysterious lowercase 'b'.

"For 60 pancakin' years, we've been IHOP".


The restaurant has been replying to people on Twitter saying the name will be good and people will have to wait until June 11 to find out what it will be.

But for one corner of Twitter - Arabic speakers - the mysterious "b" actually made flawless sense. Now, we're flippin' our name to IHOb.

However, perhaps in an effort to allay some fears, the IHOP Twitter account shared a cheeky video instructing consumers how to pronounce the new name. Across the Middle East, Pepsi is known as "Bebsi" and Pizza is "Bizza". International House of Gravy? IHOP will release more on Monday. "I ask as someone who for years was known as the girl from "bakistan".


One Twitter user suggested another theory.

The post has sparked fierce debate as thousands hop onto the social media platform to take part in discussions about what the mystical "b" in the name change could stand for. The change could be prompted after Dine Brands Global, the parent company of IHOP, announced in late February that it would close 30 to 40 IHOP restaurants to acquire and grow small chains that offer healthy food.

When a tweeter named Patrick begged for answers, IHOP responded: "batience, Batrick, batience!"


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