Applebee’s update reflects communityPublished 11:16am Monday, June 10, 2013
One of city’s most popular restaurants is bringing a new community focused dining experience to its customers.
Crews were hard at work hanging awnings and adding a fresh coat of warm toned paint outside of Applebee’s on Friday afternoon. From the bar to the booths, the restaurant is in the midst of a two-week long remodel.
“We’re excited for this, we really are,” said Tom Weaver, director of training and human resources at the Fergus Falls location. “It will essentially look like a new restaurant.”
Crews started working nights after close over a week ago so the restaurant can remain open during the project. The restaurant will temporarily close for two days, Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18, to move in and work on the final changes. The update includes a new bar, 50-inch TV, booths, carpets, lighting and updates to the walls.
Crews have also worked on an exterior update of the building, which includes the new awnings, warmer colors and a more contemporary design.
Management will use the remodel to expand on the restaurant’s goal to be a “neighborhood” establishment. The new look takes the old pop-culture tchotchkes off the walls and display a custom look for Fergus Falls. Photos and murals of local landscapes, events and schools will replace the old designs.
“It’s really supposed to be about the town itself,” Weaver said. “You won’t just know that you’re in an Applebee’s, you’ll know it’s the Fergus Falls Applebee’s.”
Restaurant staff will continue to improve their service with additional training during the temporary closing. The update is also meant to instill that same sense of community pride in their staff, according to Weaver.
“Not only will we revitalize the building, but we will revitalize the staff as well. We’ll work with them to continue to best serve our customers,” Weaver said. “Everybody lives here in this community. We really want to make sure we’re connected with the town and the area.”
The project is scheduled for completion on Wednesday, June 19. A Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony will commemorate the remodel on Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m.