Buddhist Temple Upgrading its Facility (or How Loho Pizza Never Panned Out)

Posted on: December 4th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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​Failure to launch would be the perfect description for one Chinatown restaurant that never was. Decade-old signage for Loho Pizzeria & Deli at 14 Allen Street (aka 61 Canal) still serves as a constant reminder of the sudden halt. In fact, until recently, garbage bags were forever in the windows. It’ll never open, though.

What happened, you ask? Just look upstairs.

The age-old narrative is that the Cheng Chio Buddhist Temple put the kibosh on the endeavor over ten years ago after learning that meat would be served on premises. And so the corner property remained relatively silent … until present day.

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Now the temple and its owner – Lily Wang – hope to reinvigorate the corner property. Upscale it to match the upper crust surroundings. After all, an Ace Hotel is opening right across the street. According to pending paperwork at the Department of Buildings, a gut rehab is underway that includes renovation of commercial units, enlarging the staircase, installing an elevator, and obtaining a new Certificate of Occupancy. The new CO calls for 6,510 square-feet for Cheng Chio (including a rectory) and 2,268 square-feet for the retail units.

Scaffolding and its netting went up last month and is already advancing quite quickly. That ornamental pagoda rooftop was removed during construction, yet will likely return in some form. If the onsite rendering is to be believed, that is.

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