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Applebee's(R) Honours Veterans & Canadian Forces With Free Meal on Remembrance Day

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2012) - In what has become a neighbourhood tradition, Applebee''s restaurants will honour our nation''s veterans and active duty Canadian Forces by inviting them to their neighbourhood Applebee''s for a free meal on Remembrance Day - Sunday November 11. 

Since Applebee''s began its Remembrance Day tribute four years ago, its restaurants have served thousands of Canadian Forces veterans and members from coast to coast on their day of remembrance and respect. Last year, 3,146 members and veterans of the Canadian Forces received a free meal from Applebee''s franchised restaurants across the country.

"We owe a great debt to those who have served and continue to serve our country," said Brian Simowitz, Applebee''s Regional General Manager - Canada. "Offering veterans and active duty Canadian Forces a free meal is our way of showing our appreciation and gratitude for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for all Canadians. We also hope they look at our restaurants as a place to connect with current and former service members to share stories, meet up with old friends and make new ones. Applebee''s is truly honoured to host the many Canadian men and women who serve our country. On Remembrance Day, it is our opportunity to serve them."

Applebee''s tribute to Canadian Forces also includes an online and in-restaurant ''Neighbours Thanking Neighbours'' campaign, launched last year with hundreds of in-restaurant ''Thank You Wall Posters'' signed in its restaurants across Canada. Online thank you messages can be shared through the Applebee''s Canada Facebook page, and Applebee''s guests are invited to write messages of thanks to their neighbourhood heroes, on in-restaurant ''Thank You Wall Posters'', starting Nov. 1, 2012.

Applebee''s is offering a Remembrance Day menu including some of its signature and favourite items, including:

7 oz. House Steak
Chicken Fingers Platter
Double Crunch Shrimp
Fiesta Lime Chicken®
Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger
Oriental Chicken Salad
Three-Cheese Chicken Penne

Veterans and active duty military will need to provide proof of service, which includes: permanent ID card for active personnel, temporary ID card for reservists, veteran''s card or a photograph in uniform or wearing uniform.

About Applebee''s in Canada

Applebee''s Neighbourhood Grill and Bar operates 20 franchised restaurants throughout Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta. Find your neighbourhood Applebee''s by visiting http://locator.applebeescanada.com.

About Applebee''s

Applebee''s is the world''s largest casual dining chain, with approximately 2,000 locations in 49 U.S. states, 15 countries and one U.S. territory. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Applebee''s takes pride in providing a welcoming, neighbourhood environment where everyone can enjoy the dining experience. Applebee''s Neighbourhood Grill & Bar® is a DineEquity, Inc. (DIN) brand, and is franchised and operated by Applebee''s Services, Inc. and its affiliates. 

*Offer is valid for Dine-in only. Traditional sides are included with the free entree. Upgraded side items or extras, beverages, desserts and gratuity are not included.