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Five new IHOP restaurants opening in Ontario

The first is scheduled to open at the 10 Acre Truck Stop in Belleville in February 2022.

August 16, 2021  by CM Staff

IHOP Belleville is scheduled to open in February 2022 (CNW Group/K2 Group)

Five new IHOP restaurants are scheduled to open in Ontario – among the first in the province outside of Niagara Falls.

The first is scheduled to open at the 10 Acre Truck Stop in Belleville in February 2022. Construction on the $2-million-restaurant begins this month. IHOP Belleville will employ over 60 staff and seat up to 184 customers.

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 in Belleville, Hamilton, Waterloo, London and Windsor, Ontario.

“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 hand-made to order menu items to our Canadian neighbors,” Dine Brands president Tony Moralejo said.

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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.

“I am excited with the news of this further enhancement to the 10 Acre Truck Stop,” said Mayor Mitch Panciuk, City of Belleville. “K2 Group has already invested significantly in the property, improving service and bringing back many former travellers to this iconic site. The addition of an IHOP restaurant is great news to our truckers and all residents of Belleville, who are thrilled to soon be part of the IHOP Family.”

Details about further locations have not been announced.