Applebee's to Build Neighborhood Grill and Bar in Durham County

Restaurant Will Select Local Charity to Receive Proceeds from Grand Opening Event

Raleigh, NC, September 09, 2011 --( The Apple Gold Group, franchisee of Applebee's restaurants in North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Arkansas, is proud to announce it will be opening its 87th franchise location, the 52nd in North Carolina. The new restaurant will be located at the Interstate 40/Highway 15-501 interchange, in Durham County. The restaurant will open in early November.

Novel Fundraising Opportunity

In conjunction with the Grand Opening of the newest Applebee's in North Carolina, the restaurant is also announcing it will host several pre-grand opening events and all proceeds collected during these events will be donated to a local non-profit charity organization. Applebee's is looking for an enthusiastic local charity to partner with and is accepting applications during the month of September. Charities wishing to be considered can apply by calling (919) 846-2577, extension 5000. The charity will be selected by a board of Apple Gold Group employees by September 28, 2011.

"We are constantly looking for ways to give back to our neighbors and future neighbors who make up the communities around our restaurants," said Michael Olander, president and CEO of the Apple Gold Group. "Our pre-opening charity event, designed to benefit a local non-profit organization, gives us a chance to build a special partnership with an identified non-profit organization within the community."

Support of local charities is an essential element of Applebee's mission to be America's Favorite Neighbor. In addition to restaurant promotions for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and The V Foundation for Cancer Research, every Apple Gold Group Applebee's is available to help charitable organizations through its Flapjack Fundraising program. With this program, organizations can take advantage of Applebee's kitchen facilities and experienced cooks to host a pancake and sausage breakfast. Applebee's provides the food at wholesale price (approximately $2 per person), allowing the charity to sell tickets at a sizeable profit to raise funds. To organize a Flapjack Fundraiser, visit

About Apple Gold Group

The Apple Gold Group, one of the original five Applebee's Franchisees, was founded in 1984 to develop and operate Applebee's restaurants in North Carolina, opening its first Neighborhood Grill and Bar in North Carolina in 1985. Since then, the company has expanded its territory to include Oklahoma, Arkansas and, most recently, South Carolina. The Apple Gold Group currently operates 86 restaurants in these four states. The Apple Gold Group strives to be a recognized leader in both the casual dining industry and in local charitable fundraising. For more information on the Apple Gold Group, please visit


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