Kempsville’s IHOP is getting a facelift.
After being open for nearly 20 years, owner Amos Berkovich decided it might be time for some renovations at the KempsRiver Shopping Center location. He’s aiming for a more open and modern look.
“We’re changing everything. We’re changing the tables, we’re changing the seats. Even the bathroom. It’s all brand new,” said Berkovich, who runs the restaurant, located at 1316 Fordham Dr., with his son Danny. The Tel Aviv native also owns another IHOP location in the Landstown Commons Shopping Center, 3300 Princess Anne Rd.
If all goes well, Berkovich said, patrons may think they’re entering an entirely new building.
“We always have to reinvent ourselves,” he said.
Construction on the 4,500 square foot restaurant began Sunday, Sept. 11. The new space will open early in the morning Saturday, Sept. 17.
The construction is estimated to cost $180,000 — $30,000 more than it cost to buy the building 20 years ago.
When it opens, patrons will receive two-for-one coupons all week, and the location will begin a partnership with Kempsville High School’s newly launched Entrepreneurship and Business Academy.
For Berkovich, it’s a partnership that’s near to his heart. Since he’s moved to Virginia Beach, he’s called the area home.
‘We work with police, Little League, schools and we’d like Kempsville people to come be part of us, too,” Berkovich said. His son is a Kempsville High School alum, and he currently has grandchildren at the school.
To kick off the partnership, IHOP will host a fundraiser to benefit Friends of the Enterprise and Business Academy on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 5-8 p.m.
But Berkovich also plans on sharing his knowledge with the academy students.
“I’ll show them business, the accounting,” he said. “We will show them what business is all about.”