After temporarily closing for three days, the restaurant in Temple Terrace re-opened Thursday with a whole new look.
There was a special ribbon cutting ceremony, and a $1,000 check was presented to Easter Seals Florida Board Member Joy Murray and Director of Development Cody Yerian.
That money was part of the proceeds Applebee’s received from selling its old décor to make room for new lighting and murals depicting local attractions like , the , and Lowry Park Zoo, as well as local sports teams like the Bulls, the Florida Gators, and the Tampa Bay Rays, Bucs and Lightning.
Other updates include all-new signage and awnings with the brand’s updated logo; bar upgrades; and high-tech, flat screen TVs.
One of the biggest changes is the addition of a deck where customers can dine outside.
Additionally, the service and kitchen staffs have been retrained to provide better service and hot, fresh meals faster. New items have been added to the menu.
“We’ve been working 24 hours a day to make it happen,” said Pamela Jones, vice president of Marketing for Neighborhood Restaurant Partners Florida, a franchisee that owns 51 Applebee’s locations in central Florida, including the one in Temple Terrace.
The restaurant’s makeover is part of the chain’s “See You Tomorrow” campaign, an advertising effort that launched July 2. The new ads are meant to show that Applebee’s is offering fresh food, using new ingredients and flavor combinations, and providing enhanced customer service in order to make sure patrons come back regularly.
Jones said the Temple Terrace restaurant is the fourth that Neighborhood Restaurant Partners Florida has renovated.
“This one is extra special because it’s one that’s been in the community for over 19 years,” she said. “It has a lot of enhancements that I think everyone in Temple Terrace will enjoy.”