Applebee’s to Serve Free Meals to Servicemembers on Veterans Day
Most Thankful Applebee’s Neighborhood to Host Gavin DeGraw Concert
Newtown, PA – (November 4, 2013) –In what has become an annual neighborhood tradition, Applebee’s will again thank our nation’s veterans and active duty servicemembers by inviting them to their neighborhood Applebee’s for a free meal on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.
For the fifth year, Applebee’s will salute our nation’s military by serving an estimated 1 million free meals, nationwide, on Veterans Day. Since Applebee’s first began thanking the military with a free meal, restaurants have served approximately 4 million veterans and active duty military members on their day of remembrance and respect.
“For the fifth straight year, Applebee’s is proud to say ‘Thank You’ to our veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day,” said Jeff Warden, President & CEO of The Rose Group. “Each year, servicemembers gather in our restaurants to share stories, meet up with old friends and make new ones. It’s our favorite day of the year, and it’s an honor to serve the people who make this a special tradition for us.”
Applebee’s is offering a Veterans Day menu including some of its signature and favorite items, including the:
· 7 oz. House Sirloin
· Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger
· Three-Cheese Chicken & Sundried Tomato Penne
· Fiesta Lime Chicken®
· Double Crunch Shrimp
· Chicken Tenders Platter
· Oriental Chicken Salad
Guests will need to provide proof of service, which includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.
Offer is valid for dine-in only. Traditional sides are included with free entrees; 2 for $20 appetizers, upgraded side items or extras, beverages, desserts and gratuity are not included. Applebee’s Thank You Meals will be offered during normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 11. Hours vary by location, so Guests should call their local Applebee’s restaurant in advance to inquire about specific location hours. Applebee’s encourages Guests to call their local Applebee’s or visit www.applebees.com for more information.
About The Rose Group
The Rose Group, headquartered in Newtown, PA, is the 35th largest restaurant franchise company in the United States. They currently own and operate 58 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurants in eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. The company is the first franchisee for Corner Bakery Cafe, operating six cafes in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Rose Group also co-owns and operates three Shannon Rose restaurants, an independent Irish pub and restaurant in North Jersey. More information on The Rose Group can be found on their website at www.therosegroup.com.
Applebee’s Thank You Movement
Additionally, Applebee’s has named multi-platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw the 2013 Voice of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement, the nation’s largest ongoing military appreciation effort, and announced plans for a concert featuring DeGraw in America’s “Most Thankful Neighborhood.”
Since creating the Thank You Movement in 2011 to collect messages of appreciation for each of the 24 million current and former members of our Armed Forces, Applebee’s has received more than 4.5 million personal Thank You messages through the Thank You Movement website: www.thankyoumovement.com.
This year, DeGraw, a platinum singer-songwriter, lends his song, “Soldier,” to national advertising in support of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement.
“I’m happy to be part of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement and extend my thanks to our servicemembers for all they have done,” said Gavin DeGraw. “They are the definition of selflessness, dedication, devotion and sacrifice. Please join me in thanking our heroes by sending a ‘Thank You’ message.”
Visitors to the Thank You Movement website will be directed to their local Applebee’s Facebook page, where personal Thank You messages will be tallied by neighborhood and tracked in real time on the Thank You Movement website. On Veterans Day, the Applebee’s community with the most Thank You messages will be declared the Most Thankful Neighborhood and win a concert for veterans from Gavin DeGraw in their city. Guests can also submit Thank You messages by using the hashtag #ThankYouMovement on www.facebook.com/applebees, @applebees on Twitter or on Instagram and YouTube.
About Applebee's International, Inc.
Applebee’s (www.applebees.com) is the world’s largest casual dining chain, with approximately 2,000 locations in 49 states, 15 countries and one U.S. territory. Based in Kansas City, Mo., Applebee’s takes pride in providing a welcoming, neighborhood environment where everyone can enjoy the dining experience. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® is a DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) brand, and is franchised and operated by Applebee’s International, Inc. and its affiliates.
About Gavin DeGraw
Gavin DeGraw is not a stranger to the top of the charts. He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites. DeGraw released his third studio album, Sweeter, in September 2011. The album’s first single, “Not Over You,” co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, reached #1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40, and was certified double platinum. On October 15th Gavin will release his new album, Make A Move, which features the hit song “Best I Ever Had.” For more information visit www.gavindegraw.com-facebook.com/gavindegraw - twitter: @gavindegraw.