Applebee’s was founded in Decatur, Georgia, by Bill and T.J. Palmer in 1980. From this single restaurant, Applebee’s has grown to at least 2,019 locations in the U.S. and 15 countries around the world. The company focuses on a casual dining experience and serves American cuisine such as chicken, beef, hamburgers, pasta, shrimp, and ribs. Most locations offer a full bar and take-out services.
Applebee’s had 28,000 employees and had $ 4.5 billion in revenue in 2014. IHOP Corporation purchased Applebee’s in 2007, making this restaurant chain a part of the Dine Brand Corporation. The company recently moved its headquarters from Illinois to Kansas City, Missouri, in 2014.
In early 2022, a manager received an email he believed came from the corporate office which stated that with rising gas prices, more hourly employees would need to work longer hours and that Applebee’s could pay them less.
Also in late 2021 and early 2022, the company began adding drive-through windows to many locations, making it appear more like a fast food restaurant.
This company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symptom DIN.
Applebee’s maintains a corporate office in Leawood, Kansas.