Not only does it have the most locations of any national dining chain here in the Mohawk Valley, it's also the world's largest casual dining chain.   Applebee's has over 2,000 locations, with four of them right here in our area.

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You'll find Applebee's Neighbor Grill and Bar locations at Riverside Court in North Utica, Commercial Drive in New Hartford, on Black River Boulevard in Rome, and on State Street (Rt. 5) in Herkimer.

If you remember some of the TV ads from the '80's, you'll recall that they were then "T.J. Applebee's."  According to msn.com, The company was started by a husband and wife in Atlanta in 1980.  The married duo has since made millions by selling most of their locations, but they still own 40 restaurants in the Southeast.

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