Untitled-1 America’s Restaurant Gallery — Achievements & Artifacts of our Industry

Applebee’s Plaque

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

Full-service, casual-dining powerhouse Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar opened its doors under the name of T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs in Decatur, Ga., in 1980. The concept’s name was changed in 1986 to Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, which better reflected the kind of friendly warmth the brand was looking to convey. That philosophy of the now-1,990-unit chain is embodied in the welcoming interior signage, shown here: