Yeah, we fancy like Applebee's on a date night
Got that Bourbon Street steak with the Oreo shake
Get some whipped cream on the top, too
Two straws, one check, girl, I got you

The surge created by Walker Hayes has worn off. 'Fancy Like' was a big hit in 2022 and boosted Applebee's sales above pre-pandemic levels from 2019. But now, the once-thriving chain restaurant is facing difficulties and its parent company has announced multiple locations will close this year.

Applebee’s is one the largest casual dining restaurant chains in the world. It began in 1980 in Decatur, Georgia, and now you can find it in many cities across the United States and in other countries too, with over 1,500 locations worldwide.

Restaurant Chains Applebee's And IHOP To Close Over 100 Stores
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Applebee's Locations in Minnesota:

Apple ValleyAustin

Baxter, Bemidji, Blaine (2), Bloomington (2), Buffalo

Cambridge, Coon Rapids, Cottage Grove

Duluth

Eagan, Eden Prairie, Elk River

Fergus Falls, Forest Lake, Fridley

Grand Rapids

Hastings, Hutchinson

Inver Grove Heights

Mankato, Maple Grove, Marshall, Monticello

New Hope, New Ulm, Northfield

Oak Park Heights, Owatonna

Plymouth

Red Wing, Rochester (2), Roseville

Saint CloudSaint PaulShakopee, St. Louis Park

West Saint Paul, Willmar, Woodbury

Applebee's To Close Numerous Restaurants This Year

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Dine Brands Global owns Applebee’s and plans to shut down several more locations in the United States this year. This marks the third consecutive year of multiple closures according to Today.com.

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During a fourth-quarter earnings call on February 29, Applebee’s president Tony Moralejo revealed approximately how many restaurants will close in 2024.

How Many Applebee's Will Be Closing This Year?

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Eat This Not That says the chain has closed hundreds of restaurants since 2017 and is expected to close another 25-35 this year. At this time it's not known which locations will be shutting down.

Applebee's landed at #23 in America's top chain rankings. Check out the top 50 below to see where your favorites landed.

50 Most Popular Chain Restaurants in America

YouGov investigated the most popular dining brands in the country, and Stacker compiled the list to give readers context on the findings. Read on to look through America's vast and divergent variety of restaurants—maybe you'll even find a favorite or two.

Gallery Credit: Paul Feinstein

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