Applebee’s hosts a big opening party for a new New Dorp restaurant
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Applebee’s officially opens its new location in New Dorp on Wednesday, September 29. To celebrate, the restaurant managers organized a party.
On Wednesday evening, colleagues from other senior NYC Applebee executives and their families received a welcome red carpet for the new digs. As the sun set over Hylan Boulevard and its brand new resident shopping complex, The Boulevard, this 6,000 square foot Applebee’s hosted its inaugural cocktail party. Guests strolled through the dining room and mingled with the living room to admire its industrial and clean look.
Apple-Metro Inc. CEO Zane Tankel beamed as he greeted guests and chatted with his business partner, company president Roy Raeburn. The couple posed for photos and cut a ceremonial ribbon.
There are a few fun facts to glean from the traps owned by Apple-Metro Inc. First, the furnishings in this fourth arrondissement are the same as in its old location in the neighborhood. This restaurant closed suddenly in November 2020 shortly after a massive renovation.
Apple-Metro was able to save its stands and furniture from the old address. Also interesting: This Applebee’s is the first restaurant of several slated to open at The Boulevard, a $ 180 million, 356,000 square foot multi-level mall in New Dorp.
According to Advance, other businesses to open this week are Urban Planet, Menchies (frozen yogurt), Sterling Optical and Michael’s Jewelry. Openings this fall are On a Roll, Panera Bread, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Mexican restaurant Lobo Loco and Greek Xpress.
Among those who said “cheers” at the opening of the Applebee was Linda Baran, President and CEO of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. She said: “It was great to join so many friends at Applebee tonight as they cut the ribbon for their new restaurant on the Boulevard. “
She was impressed to see the executives of Apple-Metro. Baran said: “I have to say it was quite refreshing to see Zane Tankel and Roy Raeburn invest in a new location in New Dorp, especially in light of the impacts of the COVID pandemic on the restaurant industry. Kudos to Applebee for their commitment to stay in the neighborhood and continue to invest in Staten Island.
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As tradition has it, Applebee’s partnered with a local nonprofit for a good cause – this time it was Kids Against Cancer.
Brianna Bove, a two-time cancer survivor, attended the party and became a nurse last year. She was diagnosed with the disease as a young girl. An Apple-Metro spokeswoman said Kids Against Cancer commemorated its milestones – birthdays, treatments and recovery. Other families with lost children were present for the event. They too were helped by the organization.
Chris Rubano spoke on behalf of Kids Against Cancer. He said, “Kids Against Cancer’s mission is to establish a state-of-the-art pediatric oncology center on Staten Island, with a joyful and uplifting atmosphere. During the interim, we provide financial and emotional support to families battling childhood cancer.
Rubano enjoyed the event and the fact that Applebee’s shared his stage on their special night with the organization. He added: “Many of the ancillary expenses of this battle are often overlooked and we strive to revive these families of these concerns so that they can focus on the most important aspect of their child’s healing and their own health. victory against cancer. “
Other Borough Applebee’s are located at 2720 Veteran’s Rd. West., Charleston; 718-943-1200; 1451 Richmond Avenue, Bulls Head; 718-477-1300 and at Staten Island Mall; 718-370-3529.
Pamela Silvestri is Editor-in-Chief of Advance Food. She can be reached at [email protected].