Applebee’s hosts a big opening party for a new New Dorp restaurant

By on September 28, 2021 0

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.

Applebee staff came from other locations around New York City to attend the New Dorp location’s first party. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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.

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Apple-Metro Inc. Brass Zane Tankel and Roy Raeburn (Courtesy of MaryLee Montalvo)Pamela Silvestri

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.

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Applebee’s is the first restaurant to open on New Dorp’s new The Boulevard. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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.

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A waiter greets guests at the management of friends and family before the opening in New Dorp. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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.

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On the red carpet at Applebee’s in New Dorp (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

WELCOMING NEIGHBORS

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. “

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Linda Barran, Roy Raeburn, MaryLee Montalvo and Mark Russo (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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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Staff and family enjoyed appetizers and drinks on opening night. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

SHARE THE PROJECTOR

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].

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Scenes from the opening of Applebee’s at the Boulevard (Courtesy of Andrew Schneider)

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Scenes from the opening of Applebee’s at the Boulevard (Courtesy of Andrew Schneider)

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Scenes from the opening of Applebee’s at the Boulevard (Courtesy of Andrew Schneider)

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Georgia Howell and her mother, Dr. Liz Howell, enjoy the Applebee’s grand opening. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Mark Loffredo, Mary Lee Montalvo and their daughter Rihanna (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Guests at the Applebee party were treated to drinks and a preview of the new menu. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Soft drinks and cocktails were served at the Applebee’s inauguration. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Nancy and Richard Nix walk the red carpet. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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A view of Applebee’s with revelers at the bar. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Sunset on the boulevard where Applebee’s is located. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Andrew Schneider took photos at the Applebee’s unveiling. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Apple-Metro Inc. CEO Zane Tankel celebrates with family, staff and friends. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Fried tortilla chips with shrimp ceviche and guacamole (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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An Applebee waiter presents mozzarella sticks at the company’s grand opening party. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Among the appetizers were wontons filled with seasoned turkey. Pamela SilvestriPamela Silvestri

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Meghan and Terence Haggerty came to support the Applebee staff at their new facility. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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A crispy wonton served as an application. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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The Staten Islanders celebrated with photos to commemorate the restaurant’s first season of operation. (Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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A pig in an Applebee’s appetizer blanket. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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The waiters were holding the door for the guests. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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The dining room at Applebee’s, a 6,000 square foot space. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Meet some of the staff at New Dorp Applebee’s who were on hand to serve and celebrate the restaurant’s opening – Michelle, Shaneek and Shannon. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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Maureen Bodiford and her husband, John Bodiford, Managing Director of Applebee’s New Dorp. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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