Dine Brands International has signed an agreement with Bahamas Limited to open 16 International House of Pancakes (IHOP) restaurants in the Caribbean region over the next few years.

According to an official press release, the first IHOP restaurant is expected to open later this year in Nassau, The Bahamas.

The new IHOP location will offer its signature menu, as well as local breakfast favourites. It will also serve special items for children and seniors.

Dine Brands Global franchise operations regional vice-president William Urrego said: “We are excited to bring IHOP to the English-speaking Caribbean islands.

“We’ve seen success in Puerto Rico and believe guests in this new market are sure to fall in love with the brand’s world-famous pancakes and familiar comfort foods.

“The Caribbean is an important growth market for Dine Brands, and The Providence’s well-developed tourism infrastructure and recent large-scale hotel and resort investments, as well as shopping centre developments, help position it as the perfect location for IHOP’s first restaurant in the island.”

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Based in California, Dine Brands Global franchises restaurants, including the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar and IHOP brands, through its subsidiaries.

The restaurant company has approximately 350 franchisees and nearly 3,440 restaurants across 16 countries.

The agreement with Bahamas Limited is expected to further expand the global reach of Dine Brands.

The company aims to grow in markets in the Middle East, North America, Asia and Latin American.

Franchisee Burton Rodgers said: “We can’t wait to introduce IHOP to The Bahamas. The brand’s relaxed atmosphere and family-friendly fare will be a welcomed addition as locals look for a place to gather at all hours.

“This will be the first of many locations to come and we look forward to providing gainful career opportunities to members of these communities.”

Last April, IHOP unveiled its plan to expand its workforce by hiring 10,000 people for its franchised locations.