How Green Were My Riblets: LEED-Bedazzled Applebee’s Opens in Harlem

Photo: Hugh Merwin

The Post has some more details on that East Harlem Applebee’s we first told you about back in May: The restaurant space on East 117th Street adjoining the East River Plaza shopping center took $4 million to build — $1 million more than a typical franchise — because, soup to nuts, the place is LEED-certified. The urinals will be “waterless,” rainwater collected from the rooftop will be used to flush the toilets, the fryers will run on less gas, and a wall of plants will scrub the Whiskey Sirloin Fajita scents from the dining room. Fans of the familiar should not worry: Riblets will eternally be a mystery of nature. The East Harlem Applebee’s of the future opens on December 10. [NYP, Earlier]