IHOP Seeks New Franchisees for Dynamic Growth

    This legendary breakfast brand is looking for experienced restaurant operators to support innovative new plays.
    Stack of IHOP pancakes with coffee mug

    Founded in 1958, IHOP is an iconic brand that has continued to provide quality food and innovative menu items to its guests for 65 years. From new prototypes, core menu items, and LTOs that go viral to a new loyalty program and digital experiences for guests, the brand prides itself on proactively adapting to industry changes and always listening to its guests’ needs. 

    “We are a heritage brand, but we focus on menu innovation and different avenues of development to stay relevant to guests—and to drive brand awareness by capturing new guests,” says Jacob Barden, vice president of development at IHOP. “We are always looking at new ways to evolve our business and bring more smiles to our guests’ plates.”

    At the end of March 2023, IHOP introduced its largest menu evolution to date, bringing back a selection of classic guest favorites like the Cinn-A-Stack pancakes—which Barden says guests requested to be brought back over a dozen times a week. The re-engineered menu also features new options that focus on quality and lean into all dayparts. Meanwhile, IHOP is focusing on the development of not only its traditional, full-service restaurants, but also “a smaller expression, counter-service-type model for non-traditional venues,” Barden says.

    The International Bank of Pancakes loyalty program launched in 2022, and its growth has exceeded the company’s wildest ambitions. “Not only have we seen our IHOP app downloads triple and lead in the category, but we added over four million members in the first nine months, which also accounted for five percent of sales by the end of 2022,” says Barden.

    At the same time, the brand rolled out a new IHOP app and a new online ordering experience. Now guests can pay their checks from their phone by scanning a QR code on their receipt. The app and website were also designed to remove common friction points some may have experienced when ordering in the past, allowing guests to better customize to their tastes. 

    Amid these successes, IHOP is seeking experienced restaurant franchisees interested in helping to grow its iconic brand. The brand offers a range of development incentives for new and existing franchisees, as well as strategic growth plans for traditional and non-traditional development—while also emphasizing speed to market and cost-effectiveness.

    “When you become an IHOP franchisee, you gain strong experience from a nationally known brand, as well as a sense of community and belonging within our franchise community,” Barden says. “We have an experienced base of existing franchisees that participate in various committees and provide feedback on programs and initiatives in real time.”

    IHOP franchisees have the support of an experienced leadership team as well as the experience of IHOP’s parent company, Dine Brands Global, one of the largest full-service restaurant groups in the U.S. Franchisees receive ongoing field marketing support; local and national advertising; consultations for on-site selection and process, architecture, design, and development; and ongoing operations consultation.

    New franchisees with IHOP must have deep experience in restaurant operations and business, as well as a passion for the brand. They should meet a minimum liquidity requirement of $500,000 and a minimum net worth requirement of $1,500,000. IHOP has dedicated resources to assist new franchisees through the entire franchise development process.

    “We have opportunities available in select domestic prime markets and internationally for both traditional and non-traditional development,” Barden says. “A widely recognized and loved family dining brand, we are looking for experienced operators to continue our brand consistency, adaptability, and growth.”

    To learn more about franchise opportunities with IHOP, visit the website.

    © 2023 IHOP Restaurants LLC. This is not an offer to sell a franchise. An offer can be made only by means of a Franchise Disclosure Document that has been registered and approved by the appropriate agency in your state, if your state requires such registration, or pursuant to availability and satisfaction of any exemptions from registration. IHOP Franchisor LLC, 10 W. Walnut St., 4th Fl., Pasadena, CA 91103. (866) 995-3463