The Rose Group Takes Top Awards from the 2023 Applebee’s Conference

Las Vegas, Nevada -The Rose Group was awarded once again this year for excellence in the Applebee's system. The Operator of the Year Award was presented to Bonnie Lippincott for the sixth time in sixteen years, five out of the last nine! The first time she received this award was in 2007 and then again in 2015, 2016, 2019, 2021 and now in 2023 for her dedication to operations excellence in all areas. Her commitment to building and maintaining a successful team starts with her senior operations team led by Harry Karopoulos and Tom Lowe.  They consistently provide strong leadership and elevate others to achieve results. The Above Restaurant Leadership Award Todd Cummings was recognized for his contribution to not just the Rose Group, but brand leadership for the new GIFT program.  He represents the top 1% of all Applebee's above restaurant leaders in the country.  Todd's commitment to operational excellence leads...
Above and Beyond Operations Partner

Above and Beyond Operations Partner

Our exceptional operations team, led by Harry and Tom, allows Bonnie the opportunity to provide leadership beyond the Rose Group. We are constantly testing enhancements to both technology and operations processes. Thank you to the entire team for taking on the numerous untested challenges to help the entire system. Together, we continue to make a difference!
Best oof Premise Performance

Best Off Premise Performance

We embraced the available tools to assist us in operations execution. We utilize call center technology, Fly Buy, and accuracy printers with noticeably better results. Our team works with these vendors and Applebee's to enhance their products for continual improvement of the off premise experience. Let's remain focused on this critical part of our future business! Congratulations!
HR Award

HR Partner of the Year

Congratulations to Paul Rockelmann! We are honored to have Paul as our Vice President of Human Resources. Paul has been exceptional in helping us navigate through this ever-changing environment. He also provides leadership to the entire Applebee's brand as part of the Franchise People Council. As a recognized leader, other HR professionals reach out to Paul for insight and guidance. Congratulations Paul for this well deserved recognition!
Golden Apple Award

2022 Golden Apple Club

Congratulations Jackie Mokychic and Mike McGarvey- 2022 Golden Apple Winners!! Jackie was also a top 3 finalist for GM of the Year! Bill Reed attended again as well and was recognized as the reining 2021 GM of the Year. Thank you, Jackie, Mike and Bill! We are proud of you representing the Rose Group as the top 1% of all General Managers in the Applebee's system.

The Rose Group Takes Fourteen Awards Away from the 2021 Applebee’s Conference

Scottsdale, Arizona - Awards from all aspects of the business were awarded to The Rose Group this year for excellence in the Applebee's System The Operator of the Year Award was presented to Bonnie Lippincott for the fifth time in fourteen years. The first time she received this award was in 2007 and then again in 2015, 2016, 2019 and again in 2021 for her dedication to operations excellence in all areas. Her commitment to building and maintaining a successful team keeps The Rose group at the top of their game. The Above Restaurant Leadership Award was presented to Dina Morgan as the first ever Above Restaurant Leadership Award! She is in the top 1% of all multi-unit leaders (over 250) in the country. Congratulations Dina, as you continually challenge our team to drive results in all areas of the business and not just for your district, but the entire...

2020 PA Restaurant Neighbor Award

The Rose Group received the PA Restaurant Neighbor Award for the seventh time from the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association since 2006. Headquartered in Newtown, PA, The Rose Group currently owns and operates 52 Applebee's Grill + Bar restaurants and 2 Shannon Rose Irish Pubs. It is the 105th largest restaurant franchise company in the United States as ranked by the Restaurant Finance Monitor in its 2021Top 200 Restaurant Franchisees report and has over 3,000 active employees.

The Rose Group Named Applebee’s ‘Operator of the Year’ and ‘Franchisee of the Year’

Beaver Creek, Colorado - September 20, 2019 - The Rose Group, franchisee of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, received top honors at the 2019 Annual Applebee's Conference. For the third time in five years, The Rose Group was awarded the exclusive 'Operator of the Year' and 'Franchisee of the Year' titles, in addition to receiving awards honoring The Rose Group's top team members and Applebee's locations. The Abe Gustin 'Franchisee of the Year' Award was named for the man who helped build Applebee's into one of the nation's most iconic brands in casual dining. It is given to franchisees who have achieved the highest standards possible for the Applebee's brand, restaurants, and guests. The Rose Group demonstrated a steadfast commitment to making the brand better, unyielding integrity, commitment to people, culture, and guest satisfaction, and their partnership in building a great brand. The...

The Rose Group Receives Top Award from International Franchise Association for Charitable Service

NEWTOWN, Pa. - September 12, 2019 - The Rose Group, franchisee of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, was the Gold winner of the "Spirit of Franchising Award" presented by the International Franchise Association (IFA). The award recognizes charitable or community support programs that embody the spirit of "giving back to his or her local community." The Rose Group's award includes a $5,000 contribution by IAF to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), to which The Rose Group is a founding supporter. The Rose Group began its relationship with ALSF in 2005, with 67 restaurants participating in that year's fundraising promotion. Based on their example, there are now over 1,100 Applebee's restaurants nationwide participating. This year Applebee's locally and across the nation raised $1.5 million for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, bringing the fifteen-year total to over $11 million. The Spirit of Franchising Award also recognizes...

The Rose Group receives Herman Silverman Cultural Leadership Award – April, 2019

The Michener Art Museum celebrates the unique connections between the arts and the business sector, at the Corporate Business Partners Program Annual Reception. A special benefit of membership in the Corporate Business Partners Program (CBPP), this signature event brings together over 200 guests to celebrate the region's leading business supporters and their outstanding commitment to the arts. The evening begins with cocktails and light refreshments and culminates with the presentation of the 5th Annual Herman Silverman Cultural Leadership Award. Celebrating the legacy of Museum co-founder and one of the CBPP's earliest and most ardent advocates, Herman Silverman, the award is given "in recognition of exceptional dedication to the advancement of arts and culture at the Michener Art Museum by the Corporate Business Partners." The Rose Group was awarded the honor this year celebrating 12 consecutive years of sponsoring the School Visit Program that has provided free admission to more than 49,200 students.  In...

Applebee’s® Dine Brands Conference Awards – November 2018

At the annual Applebee's Conference, the Rose Group was recognized for our partnership and brand leadership.  As a respected franchisee, our Rose Group leadership team actively participates on various councils to provide leadership for the Applebee's brand. People Partner of the Year - Jeff Warden was acknowledged for his role as Chair of the (FPC) Franchisee People Council.  Under his leadership, the council is committed to the continual development of progressive people practices.  The FPC is comprised of a small number of Franchisee HR Leaders including Paul Rockelmann, who are charged with developing strategies that will benefit the greater Applebee's system.  The Rose Group provides leadership in various areas, whether employment onboarding or risk management, our HR team leads the Applebee's system in these programs. Technology Partner of the Year - Our IT team was recognized for our Rose Group leadership.  Both Rob Fuller and Bonnie Lippincott are part of the FTC...

The Rose Group is the 57th largest restaurant franchise company in the United States

It's getting harder and harder to get on the coveted Restaurant 200 list - these A-list operators generated $37.5 billion in revenue last year and operated just under 27,000 restaurants. When the Restaurant Finance Monitor first calculated the list of the top restaurant operators back in 1989, there were just 13 companies that topped $100 million in revenue. And 10 years later the Wall Street Journal referred to the list in an article about "mega-franchisees." Back then, that meant an operator with 50 locations picking up a second brand. Compared to the average today of $187.5 million in annual sales and 135 restaurants, it's plain to see the term "mega" was a little premature-and at the rate the strongest operators keep growing, it may be still. This year eight companies added $100 million or more to their revenue. Altogether, the top 200 operators by revenue added $2.9 billion in top...