Another Lexington restaurant closes; chain shutters Hamburg location

Another chain restaurant bites the dust: Applebee’s at Hamburg has closed.

The restaurant at 1856 Alysheba Way closed Saturday for good, according to the company.

WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner, reported that a sign on the restaurant’s door read, “Thank you for being our neighbor. Please visit our other Applebee’s locations.”

Two other Applebee’s in Lexington — at 1761 Sharkey Way and 4009 Nicholasville Road — remain open.

In August, Applebee’s corporate parent DineEquity announced that it would close more than 100 underperforming restaurants as the chain tries to reboot the struggling brand.

The Applebee’s at 2299 Richmond Road closed in August 2016, and plans were announced to turn the spot into a Chick-fil-A restaurant, but there has been no change at the site in front of Southland Christian Church for more than a year.

DineEquity planned to close as many as 135 Applebee’s restaurants, based on franchisee profitability, operational results and brand quality standards.

DineEquity also owns IHOP, which has restaurants on Nicholasville Road and at Woodhill Circle Plaza.

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