A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 03, 2011
Crapplebee’s (Applebee’s nickname)

Applebee’s is a popular chain restaurant that was founded in 1980. The nickname “Crapplebee’s” has been used since at least 1999.

Wikipedia: Applebee’s
Applebee’s International, Inc. is a United States company which develops, franchises, and operates the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurant chain. As of November 2010, there were 2,000 restaurants operating system-wide in the United States, one U.S. territory and 16 other countries. The company’s headquarters are in Lenexa, KS.

The Applebee’s concept focuses on casual dining with mainstream American dishes such as salads, shrimp, chicken, pasta, and “riblets” (which is considered Applebee’s signature item). All Applebee’s restaurants feature a bar area and serve alcoholic beverages (except where prohibited by law).

In November 2007, IHOP announced that it had completed a $1.9 billion purchase of the Applebee’s chain.

Urban Dictionary
n. - insulting remark to chain restaurant Applebee’s, which appears poised to take over every suburban town as the dominant teenage hangout spot. Often used after consuming their poorly made boneless buffalo chicken.
“Holy crap, it looks like our entire high school is eating at Crapplebee’s tonight!”
(on the toilet after bad buffalo chicken) “I’m never eating at Crapplebee’s again!”
chain restaurant bad food bad times bad people crappy high school

by Kulags Dec 23, 2005

Google Groups: alt.pizza.delivery.drivers
Newsgroups: alt.pizza.delivery.drivers
From: Jon Hartman
Date: 1999/06/21
Subject: Re: Asking for Tips??

I don’t consider myself a phenomal tipper, but on a $13 order, I’ll typically tip $2-$3. I worked as a server for Crapplebee’s, and that job sucked hardcore, but I never took on the attitude that I was doing the customers a favor

Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 8:38 am
When I was out there for the Olympics we got stuck eating at (cr)Applebee’s, since it was after 11pm and all the decent folk were asleep.

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The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death:
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By Laurie Notaro
New York, NY: Villard
Pg. 158:
You know, a chunk of questionable sirloin drenched in Alfredo sauce from a mix and topped with tiny shrimp that’s been frozen for four months may sound like Heaven to the diners at Crapplebee’s, but frankly, I’d trade it in a second to read that to my dog is smarter than boy gos, has minions doing her bidding, and is the fairest of them all in the kingdom of day care.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • (0) Comments • Sunday, April 03, 2011 • Permalink