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Chain Restaurants: How They Got Their Starts

Applebee's

Original Location: Atlanta, Ga.

Fun Facts: Applebee's was founded by Bill and T. J. Palmer. Their first restaurant, T. J. Applebee's Edibles & Elixirs opened in November 1980. In 1982, they opened their second in Atlanta. After some changing of hands, in 1988 the chain was renamed Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar. In 1988, there were 54 restaurants. Today it's the largest casual-dining concept in the world with 1,990 restaurants

(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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