Applebee’s re-opens with a whole new ‘Altus’ look

Jason Angus

August 13, 2014

After closing temporarily to allow for renovations, Applebee’s restaurant celebrated their Grand Re-Opening on Tuesday, Aug. 13, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, at 3501 N Main St.

Patrons will feel as though they stepped into a brand new Applebee’s that was designed specifically with Altus in mind.

The new upgrades include a brand new Applebee’s sign, window shades, tables, chairs, and booths, new light fixtures and wall paper. They have added 9 new large screen televisions for sports, news, and entertainment, and have retrained the entire staff to providing excellent service.

What patrons might enjoy most about their upgrades are the new memorabilia. Looking around, one should notice familiar faces in the more than 30 Altus and Jackson County framed photos that don the walls of the restaurant. On the far wall near the kitchen is an enormous mural depicting Altus airmen and the aircraft that they train on. Other pictures capture moments from Altus Air Force Base, Altus parades, Altus athletics, the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo, and other events like the Rock and Rumble Car show.

By selling off their older memorabilia and tables and chairs, Applebee’s was able to donate $5,417 to the Make a Wish Foundation that will benefit someone locally.

“Just the look is unbelievable,” Applebee’s General Manager, Lisa Clark said. “It gives it a better atmosphere and it’s more inviting. People want to come in. We’ve gotten so many compliments. It just feels good to be inside. It’s just a great feeling.” Clark added that the staff has recently undergone corporate training, and they will continue to maintain and educate their staff for superb service.

“We wanted to make sure that we had the very best facilities in the City of Altus. And we wanted to make sure that we were able to provide the citizens of Altus the very best service and the very best food,” said Applebee’s Director of Operations. Cheatwood stated that they currently are working with Western Oklahoma State College, Altus Air Force Base, and local schools to help bring more jobs to Altus. “The plan is to be able to grow sales to bring more jobs to the community.”

“We are proud to be a part of Altus and the local community,” Cheatwood added.

During the ceremony, Altus Chamber of Commerce President Brian Bush said, “This is such an exciting day for us. You’ve obviously been in the community a while. This shows a reinvestment into the community, it shows how proud you are to be a part of Altus, and we’re proud to have you. Thank you so much for being here in our community, for doing such a good job, and for putting so much of a beautiful look on your restaurant. This is really cool. It’s great to have for the quality of life here, but also for the people that come through. It’s a great place to bring your friends and family.”