Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Applebee’s auctioning memorabilia amid restaurant renovation changes

By The Herald Staff | 3/10/2014

Ottawa’s “neighborhood” restaurant is selling all the Franklin County-centric memorabilia adorning its walls to help benefit a local animal shelter.

Applebee’s, 2340 S. Oak St., Ottawa, is set to begin a remodeling project March 23, and the change is expected to force the business to remove its memorabilia depicting local schools, people, sports teams and everything else throughout the community.

Ottawa’s “neighborhood” restaurant is selling all the Franklin County-centric memorabilia adorning its walls to help benefit a local animal shelter.

Applebee’s, 2340 S. Oak St., Ottawa, is set to begin a remodeling project March 23, and the change is expected to force the business to remove its memorabilia depicting local schools, people, sports teams and everything else throughout the community.

Ryan Dixon, Applebee’s general manager, said the sale of the memorabilia is to make room for a new look at the restaurant. The business is expected to be closed for renovations 9 p.m. March 23 through 4 p.m. March 27. The remodel is part of an update from the parent company, Dixon said, and is a routine process every few years.

“We’re making it more modern-looking,” Dixon said.

But the new design won’t exclude local community members, he said. Instead of the current shadow boxes and other decor items, the restaurant’s walls will be lined with wallpaper that features photos of local people, places and memorable moments.

An auction for the memorabilia already has begun, Dixon said, with proceeds going to the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, 3173 K-68, Ottawa.

“We all have animals, our managers here,” he said. “So it’s close to our hearts.”

Bids must be made at the restaurant by 5 p.m. Saturday.

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