Here are five things to know about Saturday’s abrupt closure of the Applebee's Grill & Bar restaurant on Wilmington Pike in Sugarcreek Twp.
- The restaurant at 6242 Wilmington Pike is not owned directly by Applebee's parent company, but rather by Nebraska-based RMH Franchise, which operates all Applebee's locations in the Dayton area.
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- RMH purchased all of the Applebee's in central and southwest Ohio from a Lexington, Ky. franchise company in late 2013, a transaction that more than doubled the number of Applebee's restaurants run by RMH. But just before that transaction closed, three Applebee's locations in southwest and central Ohio, including one at 1450 W. Dorothy Lane in Kettering and others in Milford and Dublin, shut down. The Kettering space now houses an El Rancho Grande Mexican restaurant.
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- When the purchase was complete, a spokesman for Applebee's corporate said his company was committed to working with the new franchise owner to expand the Applebee's footprint. "RMH is a strong, growing franchise partner, and they are committed to sustainable growth" in its markets, including southwest Ohio, Applebee's spokesman Dan Smith said in December 2013.
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- Customers who showed up to eat on Saturday found the Wilmington Pike restaurant closed, but were given coupons by Applebee's representatives for $10 off at two other Dayton-area Applebee's: one on Delco Park Drive in Kettering, and one on Ohio 741 just north of the Dayton Mall. "Thank you for sharing your community with us," the coupon read. "We have closed this location and look forward to seeing you at our other area Applebee's."
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- The manager of the Sugarcreek Twp. Applebee's on Saturday referred all questions about the closing to a spokesperson for RMH Franchise, who has not responded to requests for comment left Saturday afternoon and this morning, Monday June 11. It is not clear how many employees were affected by the shutdown, or whether any or all of those employees were offered positions at other Dayton-area Applebee's locations. When the West Kettering Applebee's closed in December 2013, a spokesman for Applebee's corporate said all of that restaurant's employees were offered positions at other restaurants.
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