Friday at 11:00 A.M. the Alpine Ave. Applebee's Restaurant celebrated it's remodelling and new ownership with a ribbon cutting ceremony witnessed by the owners, management, staff, family, friends and community representatives. Those who had not been in an restaurant for a few weeks noticed a big change in signing, lay out and decor. Highlighting the event was the presentation of a check in the amount of $4,700 to the Grand Rapids Family Promise. Family Promise is a non-profit agency in Grand Rapids Michigan that serves children and their families who are experiencing a housing crisis by providing emergency shelter and programs that support them in finding independent housing. The funds were raised primarily through the auction of memorabilia that once graced the walls of Applebee's and that has been replaced with new decor, much with a local flavor.
Members of the Comstock Park High School Choir sang carols to the participants.
Company President Mark Schostak, (Team Schostak) stated how pleased the company was with the Alpine Applebee's, and its commitment to the local community, while Alpine Township Supervisor Alex Arends commented on the quality of the staff and the good relations that have been in place for a long time. Team Schostak is Michigan based and the company owns about 65 Applebee's restaurants as well as a number of Burger King and Del Taco restaurants.
|A new look on the building|
General Manager Angela Dawson shows off some of the new decor that graces the foyer of Applebee's including a picture of the old historic Township Hall, now a museum.
|More decor with the local theme in Applebee's Foyer|
Manager Angela Dawson (2nd from left with Alpine Township Assessor Betty Keeling on her right and two corporate staff members from Team Schostak
|Comstock Park High School choir members offered carols.....|
|and got to eat. (Will sing for food)|
|More invited students enjoying their meal|
|Most joined in the ribbon cutting ceremony|