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- IHOP is hinting that it may once again change its name with a tweet that shows the word “IHOb” transforming into “IHOP.”
- The chain is nearing the one-year anniversary of its controversial decision to temporarily rebrand the International House of Pancakes as the International House of Burgers.
- Now, people are once again freaking out about what IHOP – or IHOb – has in store.
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As IHOP nears the one-year anniversary of its infamous name change, the chain is hinting that we may soon be entering a new era of IHOb.
On Monday, the International House of Pancakes tweeted a video in which the word “IHOb” transforms into “IHOP,” a reference to when the chain renamed itself as the International House of Burgers in June 2018. The tweet reads: “What could the P be? Find out June 3. #IHOP”
Another tweet features a video that highlights the outrage sparked by IHOP’s 2018 temporary name change, with tweets in response demanding that IHOP “stick to pancakes” and “stay in your lane.”
— IHOP (@IHOP) May 28, 2019
The reference to IHOb once again sparked theorizing and backlash on social media.
Cmon IHOP, not again man pic.twitter.com/NgefXWSXsU
— Amanda (@IAmDramaMama) May 27, 2019
Probably not… but definitely not definitely not.
— IHOP (@IHOP) May 27, 2019
Please not this again i can't take it
— Matt. (@MattTheBrand) May 27, 2019
iHob was one of the great tragedies of our time
— Goalie Mick (Hockey) (@ColeyMick) May 28, 2019
IHOP’s 2018 name change was intended to highlight the chain’s revamped burger menu. Despite backlash, the campaign was a massive win for the chain, with hamburger sales quadrupling following the promotion, according to the company.
“We think it was a huge success,” IHOP President Darren Rebelez told Business Insider.
“Literally everybody in the world now knows that IHOP is now selling burgers,” Rebelez said. “That was goal No. 1. Goal No. 2 was to actually sell them.”
IHOP has continued to sell both burgers and pancakes in the aftermath of IHOb, changing its name back to IHOP in July 2018 after roughly a month as IHOb.