Delray IPIC requests rooftop restaurant

IPIC posted this image to its Facebook page along with a message to patrons to show support for a rooftop restaurant.

By: Marisa Herman

Associate Editor

When upscale movie theater IPIC won approval to bring its cinema experience to Delray Beach, the company agreed to stick to just showing movies and not include a restaurant in the project.

Just a few months after its grand opening, company officials are scheduled to go back before the city on Tuesday to request that the city commission allow a rooftop restaurant.

Part of the original agreement called for the rooftop to be a terrace garden open to the public. The city commission also requested the project not include a restaurant like the Boca location as it may compete with other existing restaurants on Atlantic Avenue.

IPIC did not propose a restaurant in its pitch to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, which owned the land.

IPIC posted a “Save the Roof Top” message on its Facebook page over the weekend urging patrons to support the addition of a restaurant.

“Many of our loyal guests have expressed disappointment with the lack of a restaurant in our Delray Beach location. To meet our customers needs, we have made a request to the City of Delray Beach to allow IPIC to open a restaurant on its rooftop space,”  the message states. “Please know that we have met ALL the City’s requirements – it is an allowed use in this area and we have more than enough parking to meet the restaurant requirement.”

The decision will ultimately be up to the commission, which is a new board from the one that imposed the previous restrictions.

The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. in City Hall. There will be public comment on the topic.

If commissioners approve adding a restaurant, IPIC will have to go through the city’s review process before it construction can commence.