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Apple Gold


Apple Gold, Inc. was founded in 1984 to develop and operate Applebee's restaurants in North Carolina and was one of the first five Applebee's franchisees. Our first Neighborhood Grill and Bar opened in Cary, North Carolina in 1985 and by 1994, Apple Gold had grown to 17 restaurants across North Carolina.

In 1994, Apple Gold, Inc. acquired an existing franchise group named OK Apple, Inc., and with it, the developmental rights to most of Oklahoma. The acquisition brought the number of Apple Gold Group restaurants to an even 20. In 1995, six restaurants were opened, representing a growth rate of 30% in just one year.

OK Apple expanded through acquisition in 1996, buying three restaurants and territorial rights in Arkansas. Coupled with the building of additional restaurants in North Carolina during 1996, these acquisitions brought the number of restaurants in the Apple Gold Group to 43, a 61% increase. Between 1996 and 2006 the Apple Gold Group continued to expand by building in new neighborhoods. By the end of 2006, additional restaurant openings increased the number of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bars to 69, located in North Carolina, Oklahoma and Arkansas.


Are you looking for the opportunity to grow in an environment fostered by Honesty, Responsibility, and Respect? Apple Gold believes these principles help to create a culture that encourages all members of the organization to learn and grow. When you join our management team, we give you all the tools necessary to run a successful business. You supply the initiative and desire to learn, and we take care of everything else!! Apple Gold offers a variety of benefits for your health, future, and family. From the comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance, to competitive salaries and career development paths, we are continually analyzing our benefits package to ensure the needs and wants of our management team members are met. A world of opportunity waits as Apple Gold is truly committed to making our restaurants as great a place to work as it is to dine!


Our mission is to, each and every day, each and every shift, ensure the HAPPINESS OF ALL OUR GUESTS through delivering them immediate service and 100% spec food while doing it at the LOWEST POSSIBLE COST through optimizing the productivity of our team and tightly controlling food cost. We must also provide our guests and team members with a SAFE AND SANITARY ENVIRONMENT and our behaviors must be aligned with our guiding principles of Honesty, Responsibility and Respect.