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Local Wines at Front Royal Applebee’s

On a recent visit to wineries along Route 66 in Virginia, we stopped for a late lunch at Applebee’s in Front Royal. This is a new-style Applebee’s, recently opened, and immediately one notices that it is open, bright and airy. Gone are the walls that divide areas. The restaurant was clean and modern looking. Glass cases displayed local artifacts, drawing attention to the neighborhood bar and grill branding of the Applebee’s chain. However, we were pleasantly surprised one display case that included bottles of local Virginia wines. Not only were Virginia wines on display, but also one can purchase Virginia wines by the glass or bottle. This is a different experience from other Applebee’s restaurants and many other chain restaurants that only offer a standard list of wines. It is great to see that Applebee’s in Front Royal is taking the “neighborhood” concept to heart by promoting local wines.

We mentioned our experience at a winery we visited and the first word uttered by the owners was, “We’re going to Applebee’s.” Perhaps other restaurants should model after the Front Royal Applebee’s and offer wines from their local wineries.

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