Twitter Reacts to the Unexpected IHOP Name Change (Spoiler: Fans Aren’t Happy About It)

Many fans think IHOP is having a bit of an identity crisis. The restaurant announced it was temporarily changing its name from International House of Pancakes (IHOP) to International House of Burgers (IHOb). Although the people at IHOP seemed excited, not everyone took the news well. Apparently, not everyone got the memo that the change wasn’t permanent. Fans immediately flocked to Twitter, so they could express their frustration and anger.

Here’s how the people of Twitter reacted to the unexpected IHOP name change.

Some suspect IHOP is admitting defeat

One fan saw the signs. | Rembert Browne via Twitter

Some Twitter users think IHOP is changing its focus because it’s facing stiff competition from other restaurants with a breakfast theme. Writer Rembert Browne is convinced the restaurant has been preparing for the possibility of being crushed by the competition. “IHOP has been putting A1 in the condiment basket for decades now, slowly preparing us for this historic moment when they admit breakfast defeat to waffle house,” joked Browne.

Next: She needs time to process.

Others think the name change is an embarrassment and a joke

Others felt betrayed. | Kara Brown via Twitter

Kara Brown needed some time to process IHOP’s big move. You can tell from her post that she was feeling all sorts of difficult feelings and just couldn’t handle the news. Here’s what she had to say after the big announcement was made: “I have defended and supported you for years and then you go and embarrass me like this @IHOb?”

Next: Chrissy Teigen doesn’t get it.

Chrissy Teigen wasn’t impressed

Raul Adorno and Chrissy Teigen attend DuJour Magazine and NYY Steak celebrating Chrissy Teigen with FENDI timepieces and Moet Ice on July 28, 2014 in New York City.

This famous foodie laid into the chain. | Craig Barritt/Getty Images for DuJour

Chrissy Teigen wasn’t thrilled about the news of IHOP turning its focus toward burgers. She turned to her Twitter followers to let off some steam. “IHOb sure loves going all in on one food item,” wrote the  model. She then followed up with this tweet: “IHOb is the guy who gets a face tattoo of the girl’s name after 1 date.”

The folks over at IHOb couldn’t resist replying to Teigen and not-so-subtly throwing in a John Legend reference. Replied the social media person at IHOb: “All in is all we know. Come try one if you want a new legend in your life.”

Next: It’s just so bizarre, you have to laugh.

Some found humor in all this

IHOP International House of Pancakes

The former IHOP. | Wolterk/iStock/Getty Images

Humor writer Jason O. Gilbert was able to find some humor in this strange move. He found it amusing how far different restaurants will go to stay ahead of the competition. He posted a photo on Twitter of the Denny’s logo with a funny message at the bottom. Underneath the logo it said: “For a $1.99 you can walk into our kitchen and put anything you want in the deep fryer.”

Next: Wendy’s showed IHOP no mercy.

Wendy’s decided to troll IHOP

Wendy’s took a shot at IHOP’s name change | Wendy’s via Twitter

Wendy’s, which is known for its hamburgers, was quick to respond to all the hype surrounding the name change. The restaurant posted this hilarious message on Twitter: “Remember when you were like 7 and thought changing your name to Thunder BearSword would be super cool? Like that, but our cheeseburgers are still better.”

When a Twitter user asked Wendy’s what it thought about IHOP’s plan to “sell burgers on your block,” the restaurant replied with this jab: “Not really afraid of the burgers from a place that decided pancakes were too hard.”

Next: Burger King joined in.

So did Burger King

Burger King even got in on the fun. | Burger King via Twitter

As you would probably expect, Burger King had something to say about all this. It didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to poke fun. The restaurant posted an updated logo on its Twitter page that read “Pancake King.” A Twitter user joined in and asked them if they “had a grill IHOb could borrow.” Burger King responded in Taylor Swift style, saying, “Sorry, old Burger King can’t come to the phone right now.”

Next: Don’t forget White Castle.

And White Castle

Then White Castle weighed in. | White Castle via Twitter

White Castle knew this was their opportunity to make fun of IHOP, and they took it. They posted on Twitter that they, too, were changing the focus of their menu. White Castle announced they a “name change.” Said White Castle on its Twitter page: “We are excited to announce that we will be switching our name to Pancake Castle.” Whataburger also joined the conversation, posting on their company page: “As much as we love our pancakes, we’d never change our name to Whatapancake.”

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