After 45 years of serving short stacks in Belleville, the IHOP location on Carlyle Avenue has permanently closed.
A sign taped on the door Thursday confirmed the closure.
“Attention to all our valued customers, we are sorry for the inconvenience, as of Aug. 29, 2018, we are going out of business,” the sign stated. “Thank you, management.”
Earlier this year, IHOP franchisee Mohammad Youseff announced 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. Youseff could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.
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 closure marks the end of an era in Belleville. The restaurant with the iconic A-frame, 601 Carlyle Ave., was built in 1973 — the same year the marketing acronym “IHOP” was introduced.
The building is for sale and listed for $299,000.