A new look and a community mission at Applebee’s

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) This time of the year, it’s common for restaurants to introduce new items on their menus, capitalizing on the fresh ingredients that are available. One restaurant that’s a local favorite is not just introducing new menu items, it’s celebrating an entire facelift with a major renovation project!

The Applebee’s on the East Beltline near Knapp in Grand Rapids has a whole new look.

Team Schostak, a family-owned company out of Livonia, now owns dozens of Applebee’s restaurants in Michigan. It is making a huge impact through investing in the individual communities it serves.

Each facility is getting a customized and unique local makeover. They’ve taken down the old memorabilia that used to cover the walls and replaced it with murals that celebrate the West Michigan area and local community, including area businesses and high school sports teams.

The old memorabilia was auctioned off, raising more than $2,000 to the Forest Hills Public School Foundation.

The East Beltline Applebee’s is having a grand re-opening on Thursday, June 26. Festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a  “Dine to Donate Event,” where 20% of the proceeds will benefit student athletes at Forest Hills Eastern.

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