The original Applebee’s location, opened in 1980 in Decatur, GA, had an old-timey drugstore theme and was named T.J. Applebee’s RX for Edibles and Elixirs.
Julia Stewart, who worked as a waitress at an IHOP at 16 years old, worked her way up through various jobs to become a President at Applebees. After being passed over for CEO, she returned to IHOP, became CEO, and later acquired Applebees.
An Applebee’s in Detroit accidentally gave a 15-month old apple juice mixed with alcohol. The mom said “He was saying hi and bye to the walls.”