What was once a house of worship will now offer a house of pancakes.
An IHOP will soon move into the Limelight Marketplace, the former Episcopal church-turned drug den nightclub-turned retail mini-mall.
The restaurant will have outdoor seating and take up some retail space on the first floor of the Chelsea marketplace, according to Michael Ashkenazy of Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., which owns Limelight and also manages the IHOP franchises in New York under the nameTriHop. Ashkenazy said it could open as early as April.
“The area can use a great late-night option or all-day option,” he said.
The marketplace currently has a Grimaldi’s pizza shop and a Todd English eatery, both of which will remain.
The first Gotham IHOP opened last month on E.14th Street, complete with a bouncer to tame the rowdy late-night bar crowd.
Ashkenazy, who is head of site selection for TriHop, said a third location is in the works, and the company plans to open 30 in Manhattan over the next five years.
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