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They've been aggressively closing Applebee's locations in my area, we went from seven down to three just in the past year. They're on track to be the next Ryan's/Hometown Buffet when it comes to locations at this pace.

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company has 3,700-plus restaurants in 19 countries.

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We like Applebee's for their specials and BOGO coupons. For that reason, we keep a supply of discounted gift cards on hand. I'm guessing we'd be out the gift card cost if their one and only location in our area closed. Never thought about that before, so we should probably use them up ASAP.

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Poor service across the country killed it!

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Haven't been to one in roughly 20 years. Maybe more. Never liked their menu much when I went and have never been back since. Maybe they'll close some near me and a better restaurant will take their place. One can hope.

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mathfaster said:   Haven't been to one in roughly 20 years. Maybe more. Never liked their menu much when I went and have never been back since. Maybe they'll close some near me and a better restaurant will take their place. One can hope.
  
I'm about the same...  it's an ok restaurant but fastfood is having the same.

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will not be missed

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bharatiya said:   Poor service across the country killed it!
Take my family to Applebee's one and never come back.  

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I'll miss them if they close our local one. I know the new grill they are using did not help any. Some foods taste better, but some do not need the smoky flavor. There are 2 appetizers and 3 meals I really like. They are not a place I would want everyday. Kind of like Chilis nothing to special.

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Its all because of the
"booming economy"

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go to place after 9pm. half price apps and $2.50 beers

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rsuaver said:   go to place after 9pm. half price apps and $2.50 beers
Applebee's or IHOP?    

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I had not been to applebee's in a few years. My husband got called into work late and was making good money for it so he said get some take out for dinner. I looked at the applebees menu and called them since ordering online you cant make changes. I asked for sauce on the side or no peppers or onions, and they would not make my dinners a different way. I wasn't asking for special bread or gluten free, just hold the sauce. If they cant honor a simple request, I can see why they are closing. We have so few decent take out chains left, I've been opting for our local owned grocery store that has fresh made hot and cold meals that are now better than most restaurant quality.

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sisterbear30 said:   I looked at the applebees menu and called them since ordering online you cant make changes. I asked for sauce on the side or no peppers or onions, and they would not make my dinners a different way. I wasn't asking for special bread or gluten free, just hold the sauce. If they cant honor a simple request, I can see why they are closing.
 

I don't eat there if I can help it, but I called our town's Applebee's about 6 months ago to order a takeout meal (for an elderly relative), and I called them when I was halfway through doing the online order form because the online ordering didn't allow changes to be requested -- my relative has medical issues that require certain ingredients to be left out of his meals -- and my local Applebee's was really helpful on the phone and made the requested changes (which were a little more complicated than just a serve-the-sauce-on-the-side request).  I think they had me complete the purchase via the online order form, and they ade a note during our phone call of what to do different in the kitchen for my order.  So it is worth giving your local Applebee's a chance or two to do this for you, even if not all of them will cooperate all of the time.

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