New Jersey Applebee’s® Say ‘Thank You’ to Veterans and Troops with a Free Meal on Veterans Day

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Marlene Bauer Pissott / InGroup Inc. / p. 201-612-1230 x. 11 / prinquiries@ingroupinc.com   

Michelle Schmidt / Doherty Enterprises / 201-818-4669 x 1303 / email mschmidt@dohertyinc.com 

New Jersey Applebee’s® Say ‘Thank You’ to Veterans and Troops with a Free Meal on Veterans Day

Hillsborough, NJ  – (October 23, 2012) – In what has become a neighborhood tradition, the New Jersey Applebee’s will again thank our nation’s veterans and troops by inviting them to their local Applebee’s for a free meal on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th.

For the fourth year, Applebee’s will salute our nation’s military, hoping to top the 1,024,000 free meals served last year from coast-to-coast.  A year ago, Applebee’s served more than 10,000 meals to deserving men and women veterans and members of the active duty military at Applebee’s in Bergen, Morris, Essex, Union and other surrounding counties, on Veterans Day, a day of remembrance and respect.

“We say ‘Thank You’ with a free meal, but this day at Applebee’s is really more about creating connections,” said Kevin Coughlin, Director of Operations for Applebee’s New Jersey.  “At every Applebee’s on Veterans Day, military gather to share stories, meet up with old friends and make new ones. It’s our favorite day of the year and we are honored to serve and thank them again this year.”

In Bergen, Morris, Essex, Union and other surrounding counties, Applebee’s are offering Veterans a special menu including some of its signature and favorite items, including the: 

  • 7 oz. House Sirloin

  • Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger

  • Three-Cheese Chicken Penne

  • Chicken Tenders Platter

  • Oriental Chicken Salad

  • Fiesta Lime Chicken®

  • Double Crunch Shrimp


New Jersey Applebee’s will open serving lunch starting at 11 AM and dinner until closing at midnight or later.  The honored 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 the free entrees; appetizers, upgraded side items or extras, beverages, desserts and gratuity are not included.


For more information, guests can call their local Applebee’s or visit www.applebees.com.   




About Applebee’s

Applebee’s (www.applebees.com) is the world’s largest casual dining chain, with more than 2,000 locations in 49 states, 15 countries and one U.S. territory.  Based in Lenexa, KS, Applebee’s takes pride in providing a welcoming, neighborhood environment where everyone can enjoy the dining experience. Applebee’s Services, Inc., and its affiliates franchise and operate restaurants under Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and are a dineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) brand.


Applebee’s New Jersey Locations
Bergen County: Garfield, Hackensack, Northvale, Paramus  Essex County: Newark  Union County:  Linden, Union (2 locations), Elizabeth (coming soon)  Hudson County:  Jersey City, Kearny, North Bergen  Passaic County:  Clifton, Totowa  Morris County:  Butler, Dover, East Hanover, Flanders (Mt. Olive), Parsippany  Warren County:  Hackettstown,  Phillipsburg  Hunterdon County:  Flemington  Somerset County:  Bridgewater, Hillsborough  Middlesex County:  Woodbridge, Edison, Milltown, Piscataway  Sussex County:  Newton  Ocean County:  Brick, Forked River (Lacey), Manahawkin, Manchester, Toms River  Monmouth County:  Howell, Manalapan, Wall, Tinton Falls, Ocean Township, Middletown



About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.
Doherty Enterprises, Inc. was established in 1985 and is the 12th largest franchisee in the United States, operating five restaurant concepts including: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex, and two of their own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas. To date, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates 98 restaurants in northern and central New Jersey, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. The Doherty vision is to be the “Best Food Service Company in the Tri-State Area” and its mission is to “Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow Our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers.” (www.DohertyInc.com)



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