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After 45 years, Belleville IHOP will close

Belleville IHOP is open again

IHOP located at 601 Carlyle Ave. in Belleville is now open after renovations and management changes.
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IHOP located at 601 Carlyle Ave. in Belleville is now open after renovations and management changes.

After 45 years of serving short stacks in the metro-east, Belleville will lose its IHOP location on Carlyle Avenue later this year.

IHOP franchisee Mohammad Youseff plans to retire in August, according to his real estate agent John L. Eichenlaub. It's unclear what will happen to his Missouri location in Bridgeton. An employee, who answered the phone Monday, said she could not comment. Youseff could not immediately be reached for comment.

Dine Brands Global, IHOP's parent company, announced that it plans on closing 30 to 40 IHOP restaurants this year. But Eichenlaub said the Belleville closure is related to Youseff’s retirement, not the national announcement about potential closures across the country.

The Belleville location was listed for $299,000 two months before the news of more closures.

The restaurant with the iconic A-frame is located at 601 Carlyle Ave. It was built in 1973 — the same year the marketing acronym "IHOP" was introduced.

Four decades later, an online brochure from Barber Murphy Group describes the landmark building as a space that could be converted into office or retail space. The restaurant was partially remodeled late last year after it voluntary closed to address public health concerns.

Worried about the fate of other IHOP locations in the metro-east?

IHOP spokeswoman Stephanie Peterson said the company does not have plans to disclose which restaurants have the potential to close in 2018. Dine Brands Global is also the parent company for Applebee’s. The bar and grill-chain announced it will close 60 to 80 restaurants this year. The company has not yet announced which locations will be closing.

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