The Rose Group Honored with “Heart Of The Apple Award” for Third Time

Local Franchisee Recognized for Outstanding Community Involvement and Fundraising Activities for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation


NEWTOWN, PA – November 19, 2013 – The Rose Group, a leading franchisee of Applebee's Grill & Bar and Corner Bakery Cafe, has been awarded “Heart of Apple Award” at the 2013 Applebee’s Conference. This prestigious award recognizes the Applebee’s franchise organization that has shown the greatest commitment to an individual cause or organization. This marks the third time that The Rose Group has been honored for this particular award.


“This award is reinforcement that we are doing everything in our power to honor and uphold Alex’s memory,” says Jeff Warden, President & CEO of The Rose Group. “Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is more than just a charity to us – it is part of our culture.”


The Rose Group belongs to a group of ambitious franchisees that continuously work for the social betterment of those around them. For nine consecutive years, The Rose Group’s restaurants have dedicated themselves to the pediatric cancer cause. With 100% participation across their restaurants and the numerous fundraising activities throughout the year, The Rose Group continues to demonstrate excellence in regular community participation and ongoing involvement.


So far this year, with the combined participation of 750 restaurants across the Applebee’s system, $756,000 has been raised for Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  


To donate to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, please visit: http://www.alexslemonade.org/.



About The Rose Group

The Rose Group, headquartered in Newtown, PA, is the 35th largest restaurant franchise company in the United States. They currently own and operate 58 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurants in eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. The company is the first franchisee for Corner Bakery Cafe, operating six cafes in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Rose Group also co-owns and operates three Shannon Rose restaurants, an independent Irish pub and restaurant in North Jersey. More information on The Rose Group can be found on their website at www.therosegroup.com.


About Applebee’s

Applebee’s (www.applebees.com) is the world’s largest casual dining chain, with approximately 2,000 locations in 49 states, 15 countries and one U.S. territory. Based in Kansas City, Mo., Applebee’s takes pride in providing a welcoming, neighborhood environment where everyone can enjoy the dining experience. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® is a DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) brand, and is franchised and operated by Applebee’s Services, Inc. and its affiliates.



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