The franchise group that owns Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants in the Indianapolis area says it has no plans to close any of its restaurants.
DineEquity Inc., the parent company of Applebee’s, announced Thursday that it was planning to close as many as 135 Applebee’s and 25 International House of Pancake restaurants nationwide.
But Apple American Group, which owns 477 Applebee’s franchises nationally, including about 20 in the Indianapolis area, issued a statement over the weekend to let customers know its restaurants weren’t going away anytime soon.
Apple American Group is owned by San Francisco-based Flynn Restaurant Group LP, which also owns 274 Taco Bell and related Yum Brand restaurants, and 130 Panera Bread locations.
“We, Apple American Group, a subsidiary of Flynn Restaurant Group, wanted to assure our valued guests and employees that [the DineEquity] announcement in no way affects franchised Applebee’s locations that we own and operate,” the statement said. “Apple American Group is supported by the strong financial footing of Flynn Restaurant Group and has no plans to close any restaurants at this time.”
Apple American Group owns more than 30 Applebee’s locations in Indiana overall.
“Our Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations are 100 percent open for business and we look forward to continuing to deliver an excellent dining experience that our guests have grown to love,” Flynn said.