1st combo Applebee's/IHOP opens in Millender Center

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
The nearly 12,000-square-foot Applebee's/IHOP is the first of its kind.

The first-ever combination Applebee's Grill & Bar/IHOP opened in Detroit's Millender Center, across from the Renaissance Center. 

The nearly 12,000-square-foot restaurant is the first of its kind with this combination of brands serving in one, 300-seat dining room. Diners can choose from abbreviated menus from either chain, such as pancakes and other breakfast items from IHOP, and Applebee’s quesadilla burger, fiesta lime chicken, riblets and more. There’s also a barista coffee bar. 

This week IHOP made news by re-branding some of its restaurants to IHOb, with a focus on burger sales. This Millender Center IHOP will not be branded as such. 

According to the owners, Livonia-based TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants, this Applebee’s Grill and Bar/IHOP, which was first announced in December 2016, has created 120 jobs. It opened with a soft launch on May 29, and will be fully operational starting June 26. A grand opening celebration is being planned with details to be announced. 

“The journey of bringing the only Applebee’s Grill and Bar/IHOP concept to life is a testament to TSFR’s reputation for leading the way in the restaurant industry with innovative dining concepts,” said TSFR executive chairman Mark Schostak in a press release. “By combining these two iconic and complementary brands, we have created a truly welcoming, family-friendly neighborhood restaurant that will further elevate the dining options within the City of Detroit. As we look toward the future, TSFR remains committed to the City of Detroit and Michigan as we strategically continue our growth.”

TSFR own other Applebee’s locations, including the one in Detroit which opened in 2015. The restaurant group also owns and operates 27 Olga’s Kitchen, 11 MOD Pizza and five Del Taco restaurants in Michigan. 

Detroit's Applebee's Grill & Bar/IHOP is in the Millender Center, which is on E. Jefferson between Brush and Randolph in Detroit. Visit teamschostak.com for more information. 


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