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IHOP set to open in Belleville, Ont. next year, more expected across the province

Toronto-based K2Group has signed an agreement to open five IHOP locations in Ontario. The first is scheduled to open in Belleville, Ont., in 2022.
Toronto-based K2Group has signed an agreement to open five IHOP locations in Ontario. The first is scheduled to open in Belleville, Ont., in 2022.

Toronto-based K2 Group has announced plans to open five International House of Pancakes (IHOP) restaurants in Ontario.

The first is scheduled to open at the 10 Acre Truck Stop in Belleville, Ont., at the beginning of 2022. Kailash Kasal, president of K2 Group, entered the non-traditional restaurant franchisee deal with California-based Dine Brands International, a full-service dining company franchising IHOP and Applebee’s restaurants in Canada. The agreement calls for a minimum of five IHOP restaurant openings over the next five years, with other locations planned in Hamilton, Waterloo, London, and Windsor.

“We are pleased to push forward with our international expansion plans and believe working with K2 Group creates the perfect opportunity to successfully build and grow our portfolio across Ontario,” said Tony Moralejo, president of Dine Brands International. “We are optimistic that the market is well-positioned to get back to its pre-pandemic growth momentum as we bring jobs, as well as our local and handmade-to-order menu items to our Canadian neighbors.”

K2 Group, which holds investments under the umbrellas of hospitality, petroleum, and real estate, acquired the 10 Acre Truck Stop in Belleville in May 2021. Since the acquisition, improvements have already led to increased traffic and K2 Group felt it would be the ideal location for an IHOP restaurant because of its reputation and dedicated clientele.

With $2 million set to be invested into the new restaurant, IHOP Belleville will employ more than 60 staff and seat up to 184 guests.

“Having a superb restaurant offering at the 10 Acre Truck Stop is crucial to ensuring our truckers and local customers have a place to come and gather,” said Kasal. “With more than 25 years in the hospitality business, we’re confident that we will thrive as we work to meet our guests where they are by providing an all-round exceptional experience and, of course, the world’s most famous pancakes.”

The inaugural IHOP Belleville location will be one of the first IHOPs to open in Ontario outside of Niagara Falls. Construction begins in August 2021, with an opening date of February 2022.

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