Applebee's recently announced the introduction of wood-fired grills to its restaurant kitchens. In recent years, casual dining chains such as Applebee's, TGI Fridays and Cracker Barrel have made significant efforts to upgrade their facilities in order to appeal to a new generation of consumers. This latest upgrade is part of an effort to give Applebee's are more rustic quality that is indicative of smaller, independent restaurants.
The new wood-fired grills will be introduced in nearly 2,000 of Applebee's US locations and their introduction has already been marked with a stack of split logs displayed at the front of each restaurant. The grills themselves are American-made and they will be used to grill premium cuts of meat such as sirloin steaks and bone-in pork chops. All of the meat will be hand-cut on-site by professional meat cutters to ensure the perfect thickness. The chain will also use the new grills to cook non-feature dishes such as salmon, vegetables and other meats.