Brooklyn Eagle excerpt-
Apple-Metro, Inc., the company that owns Applebee’s Neighborhood
Grill & Bar restaurants in the tri-state area, is opening a
restaurant on June 17 on Surf Avenue between Stillwell Avenue and West
12th Street. It will be the company’s sixth Applebee’s restaurant in
“We’re not opening just any Applebee’s. This one is going to be very
special,” Zane Tankel, CEO of Apple-Metro Inc., told the Brooklyn Daily
Eagle. “In honor of the fact that Coney Island is right off the Atlantic
Ocean, we’re putting in a giant fish tank. It’s so huge, it serves as a
room divider,” he said.
The fish tank is 20 feet long and 10 feet wide. It contains 4,300
gallons of water. To create the fish tank, Applebee’s teamed up with
Wayde King from Long Island and Brett Raymer from Brooklyn, co-owners of
Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing the stars of Animal Planet’s
hit series http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/tanked “TANKED.” The tank will house sharks and other exotic specimens, Tankel said.
The new Applebee’s will have 250 seats in the first floor dining room
and an addition 50 seats on a second floor outdoor terrace. The outdoor
terrace will have a fireplace.
“Imagine sitting above the excitement of Surf Avenue, watching the
comings and goings on the infamous Coney Island Boardwalk while dining
on Applebee’s signature favorites” Tankel said.
The restaurant will be hiring 200 workers, many of them from the
neighborhood, Tankel said. “We are fully committed to Coney Island. We
believe in this community and we believe in the resilience of this
community,” he said.