By: Marisa Herman
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.