Applebee's Grill + Bar will open in Jasper next Monday, Sept. 14.
The long-anticipated restaurant will open its doors at 11 a.m. on Monday, offering dine-in, takeout, and third-party delivery.
It was announced that Applebee's would be opening a restaurant in Jasper in June 2019, and construction occurred over the past few months.
"Were excited to bring Applebees to the Jasper neighborhood, and to offer the community the chance to enjoy our great quality and fresh food with the speed and convenience of a casual dining restaurant, Rick Houser, Quality Restaurant Concepts/Applebees Vice President of Operations, said in a press release to the Daily Mountain Eagle.
Quality Restaurant Concepts, based in Birmingham, is the franchise operator for Jasper's Applebee's and operates 60 Applebee's locations in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky.
Restaurant managers are still hiring for multiple positions at the Jasper location, including bartender, carside specialist, cook, dishwasher, host, server, and sanitation specialist. To apply, visit https://www.applebees.com/en/you-belong-here.
The Daily Mountain Eagleoriginally reported in September 2019, that the restaurant could accommodate the hiring of 130 employees.
A ribbon-cutting for the restaurant will be held on Saturday, but Applebee's will not open to the public until Monday, Sept. 14.
Jasper's Applebee's is one of few new restaurants across the country that has opened among the global COVID-19 pandemic; however, Applebee's is staying committed to keeping customers and employees as safe as possible.
The restaurant will be following state guidelines by opening at 50 percent capacity. In addition, 6-foot social distancing will be observed, and the Applebee's bar will be operating at reduced capacity.
"Applebee's is an industry leader in casual dining, and our cleaning and disinfecting procedures are the best. I think people will notice that almost immediately when they walk in," Wade Crawford, director of marketing for Quality Restaurant Concepts, told the Daily Mountain Eagle. "We have a person that is dedicated to sanitation now. It's a new position in the company. Every restaurant has a person, and their only job for the day is to sanitize."
The Applebee's menu offers something for everyone, from steaks, ribs, and burgers to chicken, seafood, and pasta. Salads, sandwiches, and desserts are also offered.
Applebee's offers affordable menu options, such as a standard special where two can dine for $22. That includes two entrees and an appetizer.
A kid's menu is also available.
Jasper Mayor David O'Mary said he is delighted to welcome Applebee's to the city of Jasper.
"It should be a nice boost for the retail side of our economy," he said.
According to data from March 31, 2020, over 1,700 Applebee's locations were in all 50 states, with restaurants also in Puerto Rico, Guam, and 13 other countries. Crawford said the Jasper Applebee's will be the 61st Applebee's restaurant operated by Quality Restaurant Concepts.
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