Applebee's Classic Patty Melt

1 burger patty
Salt, pepper, granulated garlic, to taste
Melted butter, as needed
2 pieces Italian bread
2 tablespoons mayonnaise with roasted garlic and mustard
2 slices Swiss cheese
2 slices Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sliced onions
Season one side of the burger with salt, pepper and garlic. Place on
grill or in broiler, seasoned side down. Then season the other side.
Cook to desired doneness.
While burger is cooking, melt butter in fry pan on medium heat or in
electric skillet (set at 350F). Spread mayonnaise onto bread. Drop
bread, dry side down, onto melted pools and swirl to coat (to avoid
Cover one slice of bread with two slices of Swiss cheese and the
other with two slices of Cheddar.
In a separate frying pan, melt butter and saute sliced onions.
Season with salt, pepper and garlic while heating.
Place cooked burger patty on top of one cheese−topped slice of bread
and the sauteed onions on the other. Carefully close and cut
sandwich. Serve with your favorite summer side dish.

Applebee's International, Inc. (Applebee's) develops, franchises and operates casual dining restaurants under the name Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar. The Company had over 1,800 restaurants during the fiscal year ended December 25, 2005 (fiscal 2005). As of December 25, 2005, there were 1,804 Applebee's restaurants. Franchisees operated 1,318 of these restaurants and 486 restaurants were company operated. The restaurants were located in 49 states and 14 countries outside of the United States. During fiscal 2005, 144 new restaurants were opened, including 92 franchise restaurants and 52 company restaurants.

Applebee's also offers its customers the carry-out service. During the fiscal year ended December 29, 2002, the Company initiated a To Go program, which includes the use of standardized packaging, interior and exterior signage and a focused training program. In addition, the program features its Carside To Go initiative in which customers place their orders by telephone, park in designated spots at its restaurants and servers deliver their orders to their vehicles. During the fiscal year ended December 26, 2004 (fiscal 2004), the Company launched an alliance with Weight Watchers to offer Weight Watchers-branded menu alternatives to its guests. It has 10 Weight Watcher items on the menu.

Applebee's has territory franchise arrangements with 76 franchise groups, including 29 international franchisees. The Company has generally selected franchisees that are multi-unit restaurant operators who have operated other restaurant concepts. Its franchisees operate Applebee's restaurants in 43 states and 14 countries outside of the United States. The Company has assigned development rights to the domestic territories in all states except Hawaii or has designated them for Company development.

As of December 25, 2005, there were 1,318 franchise restaurants. Franchisees opened 92 restaurants in 2005. Each franchisee is responsible for selecting the site for each restaurant within their territory. Generally, franchise arrangements consist of a development agreement and separate franchise agreements. Development agreements grant the right to develop a number of restaurants in a designated geographical area. The franchisee enters into a separate franchise agreement for the operation of each restaurant.

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