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Mixed messages: Job listings online for shuttered DeKalb Applebee’s

August 17, 2018

DeKALB – Miss Applebee’s? Maybe you went there on the regular. Maybe you worked there. Whatever the case, a flurry of job postings on Indeed suggest a new franchisee might be swooping in to breathe in new life.

Thursday morning, 18 positions for the vacated building at 2411 Sycamore Road, from carside servers to general manager were posted on the job site.

The DeKalb location closed in mid-June, and was one of dozens shuttered this year. The company shut down about 100 last year, and said another 80 or so would follow suit this year. Signs remain on all the entrances stating the restaurant is closed and thanking patrons for being neighbors – a reference to the restaurant’s claim to fame as a neighborhood grill and bar.

On many weeknights and certainly over the weekends, the parking lot was often full. Jo Ellen Charlton, the city’s community development director, said the closure came as a shock and with no notice. The location announced on Facebook in mid-June that it was closing, and that die-hards should go to the next-nearest location, 125 S. Randall Road in Elgin.

Charlton also said at that time she’d hoped the building could be repurposed, much the way Chili’s – ironically one of Applebee’s chief competitors – opened in October 2017 in the former Ruby Tuesday building at 2370.

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