Next year downtown Detroit will welcome a first of its kind Applebee’s/IHOP mashup inside the Millender Center (across from the RenCen). The arrival of this truly unrivaled combination chain restaurant was first heralded last December. Since then, many have wondered, “What might this mutant restaurant look like?” Now, local franchisee TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants has finally provided an answer.
The company today released a set of renderings for the world’s first Applebee’s/IHOP, which shed some light on how exactly Detroit’s new destination for southwest chicken salads and Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity pancakes will look.
The 11,929-square-foot restaurant is designed to seat 300 people and will offer a somewhat paired down menu featuring “several guest-favorite menu items from both Applebee’s and IHOP,” according to a release. Side-by-side with the Applebee’s/IHOP is an entrance to a quick-service IHOP branded coffee bar. The restaurant is expected to employ more than 100 people and will be geared towards hotel guests as well as people working downtown.
Applebee’s and IHOP’s parent company DineEquity has been busy shutting down locations in recent months (a trend among many casual sit-down chains), but Detroit’s Applebee’s/IHOP fusion outlet managed to steer clear of the culling. If the location proves profitable, perhaps it will become a blueprint for other similar restaurant models. Stay tuned for more updates on this masterpiece of restaurant engineering.