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APPLEBEE'S OPENS ITS 200th RESTAURANT WITH A NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION AND A SPECIAL DONATION TO YOUTH PROGRAMS

APPLEBEE'S OPENS ITS 200th RESTAURANT WITH A NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION AND
 A SPECIAL DONATION TO YOUTH PROGRAMS
 KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Applebee's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: APPB) today announced the opening of its 200th Neighborhood Grill and Bar in the United States. The opening of the new franchised unit located in Slidell, La., near New Orleans, triggered a nationwide grand opening celebration. Most of the other 199 restaurants in the Applebee's system, spanning 29 states, participated in this landmark event by awarding their 200th customer on April 7 a special card entitling the winner to a free entree or other food item every week for the next year.
 Tom Kellogg, the Applebee's Louisiana franchisee who opened the 200th restaurant in Slidell, plans to extend the "neighborhood" concept beyond just the name. Believing that families and community involvement give stability to a neighborhood, and certainly to local business, Kellogg is donating 5 percent of his first four weeks' sales to youth programs in the Slidell community. (5 percent is projected to be about $10,000.)
 Abe J. Gustin, Applebee's president and CEO, said, "Applebee's is a fast growing business with the unique ability to focus its attention on the individual neighborhoods where we decide to locate. Tom Kellogg and our other franchisees make this happen for us all across the country. Kellogg's donation to youth programs in Slidell is one of the best examples of Applebee's neighborhood involvement that we have seen to date."
 As of this date, Applebee's and its franchisees have another 16 restaurants under construction and 40 sites approved. The company pointed out that, while site approvals do not always result in new restaurant openings, the number of sites approved is an indicator of new restaurant potential.
 Applebee's International, Inc., headquartered in Kansas City, develops franchises and operates a rapidly expanding national chain of restaurants under the trademark Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar.
 The Applebee's system has grown from 54 to 200 restaurants since 1988.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Falker of Swenson Falker Eilertsen, 612-371-0000 or Sue Carroll of Applebee's International, 816-421-2501/
 (APPB) CO: Applebee's International, Inc. ST: Missouri; Louisiana IN: LEI SU:


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