June 06, 2018
The dining chain recognized as IHOP, a.k.a. the International House of Pancakes, announced Wednesday that a name change for the 60-year-old institution was underway. Beginning next week, it will officially be going by "IHOB."
The teaser video IHOP released on Twitter shows a flipped lowercase "P" to reveal the new logo.
Despite announcing this change, however, the company said it would not reveal what the new "B" stands for until Monday, June 11. The move has already garnered some suspense -- is the "B" for breakfast? Bacon? Biscotti? Bourbon? Bougie? Bats?
Many on Twitter were quick to hypothesize.
I woke up this morning to news on my Twitter feed that IHOP is changing its name to IHOb. Although it will always be IHOP to me (just like the Sears Tower will always be the Sears Tower), I can’t help thinking that the font choice now looks suspiciously like something else pic.twitter.com/cWvsTyrUfB— Page (@pagewolf1228) June 6, 2018
IHOP is changing the P to B, it will now be IHOB... I'm assuming it will stand for— Tom D'Angora (@TomDangora) June 6, 2018
International House of Basichttps://t.co/iummBiUPXI
First Toys R Us closes, now IHOP is changing its name to IHOB. What's next? My Blockbuster gift cards are expired?— Seth (@SethShaffer) June 6, 2018
IHOP changed to IHOB, somewhere in Atlanta a promoter is plotting a Brunch party called “International House of Booty”— 📈 (@__ARS1) June 6, 2018
IHOP to IHOB? Next thing ya know, Denny's is gonna change it's name to, "That Place Divorced Parents Meet up to Exchange Kids Every Weekend."— Briggsy Smalls (@GingerBriggs36) June 6, 2018
IHOP is changing its name to IHOB and while people think it stands for “breakfast” I’m putting my money on BETRAYAL— bea (@bayahhh) June 6, 2018
the B in ihob stands for bisexual— eli (@shepprd) June 6, 2018
Though IHOP has not specified what the "B" really stands for, it has taken to writing some pun-tastic responses to some Twitter users, with gems including, "there are so many possi-b-lities" and "oh blease, this is no joke!"
In an interview with USA Today, IHOP communications director Stephanie Peterson gave some insight, saying, "We're serious about the quality of food and our menu, and this name change really reflects that."
So... what are some food quality terms that start with a B? Let us know if you think of any.