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Applebee's on Route 59 Near Naperville Closes

Aurora restaurant is one of 33 suburban restaurants that either closed or were up for sale.

Signage was removed and doors were locked at Applebee's, 449 N. Route 59 in Aurora, on Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Collin Czarnecki)
Signage was removed and doors were locked at Applebee's, 449 N. Route 59 in Aurora, on Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Collin Czarnecki)

Melanie Santostefano contributed to this report

You can add the Naperville-area Applebee's to the list of suburban locations that have recently closed their doors. 

On Thursday afternoon, signage was removed, doors were locked and the lights were off at the 449 N. Route 59 Applebee's location in Aurora. Applebee's announced in May that the restaurant franchise was forced to close eight of its Chicago locations as it hopes to "reorganize its operations in Chapter 11 bankruptcy," according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Aurora location was not within that list of eight restaurants, however, a company spokesman told Patch in May that the fate of the Aurora Applebee's, along with 24 other locations, was uncertain.

"There is the potential, depending on the sale of asset rights, for the 25 to remain open, or to close, or a combination of both, but those details won’t be defined until the transaction is closed," Dan Smith, the corporate spokesperson for Applebee’s told Patch last month.

Smith added that the company was waiting for the potential sale of those 25 restaurants, which should be final by Friday, June 28.

A Patch reader said she received an email from the restaurant Wednesday night notifying customers of the closure. 

The Aurora restaurant is also no longer listed on the Applebee's website as of Thursday afternoon.

In April, as required by Illinois law, Apple Illinois-the franchisee that owns the 33 restaurants, sent out warrant notices to officially alert employees about the changes.

In their bankruptcy filing, Applebee's closed eight suburban restaurants, but put up the remaining 25 for sale. The sale would include selling franchisee rights, which means until the transaction is finalized, there is no certainty on the status of the restaurants. 

James L. Freeland June 28, 2013 at 09:48 AM
Don't know what happened to this franchise - at one time WAS a very good restaurant, then it went off the cliff including the staff it hired. Just happened to stop by this location about a year ago: Was a very bad decision. The staff was the pits with total lack of class, the silverware was greasy, the service was poor, the food was terrible, certainly do not know why we stayed. The closing of this particular site, in retrospect, is the best move they made.

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