Amid what is expected to be a rebound year for the U.S. restaurant sector, the Applebeeâ€™s franchisee for the Columbus-Phenix City area is investing $600,000 into the three locations here.
â€œThey are some of our older restaurants and were in need,â€ Debbie Passmore, vice president of operations with Atlanta-based AmRest LLC, said Tuesday. â€œThe one on Airport Thruway is not as old; we relocated it not long ago. But the rest were just ready for a facelift.â€
AmRest is the second-largest Applebeeâ€™s franchisee in the nation, with 103 restaurants in Georgia, Alabama, Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and New Mexico.
The Columbus upgrades are part of a chainwide revitalization project that Applebeeâ€™s aims to have completed by 2014.