Applebee’s® Presents Top Honors at 2017 Fall Franchise Conference

Awards Celebrate Franchisee and Vendor Efforts in Philanthropy, Hospitality, and Sales The Rose Group operations team was honored three times: Castor Avenue location received the "Highest Sales Growth" award; the entire teams' efforts shined by receiving the "Highest Online Ordering Percent"; and lastly, The Rose Group was named "Neighbor of the Year". The Lloyd Hill Neighbor of the Year Award: This award, newly named after one of Applebee's historic leaders who fueled unparalleled growth and championed its unique culture, recognizes the Applebee's franchisee that has demonstrated an infinite amount of generosity, compassion and care for their neighbors through a variety of causes, activities and initiatives. This year's honoree was The Rose Group. The Rose Group embraces every neighborhood they serve. From hosting more than 2,100 charitable events and fulfilling more than 2,000 donation requests to serving more than 27,300 free meals to veterans and active duty military. While already an extensive list,...

Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association recognizes The Rose Group for excellence in community service

The Restaurant Neighbor Award was created by the National Restaurant Association to recognize restaurants that exemplify the industry's philanthropic spirit. This is the seventh time The Rose Group has been awarded this honor and marks six consecutive years of winning since 2011. The Rose Group has worked hard to build and maintain a culture of philanthropy and genuine connection between community members, employees at each local restaurant and those in their corporate office. Initiatives such as Flapjack Fundraisers and a partnership with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) allows employees at each location to support their communities need in a way that will create a real impact in their neighborhoods.

2016: Operator and Franchisee of the Year

The Rose Group team was honored by Applebee's/Dine Equity for outstanding achievements in sales, operations excellence, and community service.  For the second consecutive year, and 3rd time overall, we received Operator of the Year honoring the leadership of every manager and the senior operations team.  For the second consecutive year, and 5th time overall, Harry Rose received Franchisee of the Year. We are the only franchisee that has won both awards in two consecutive years.  The Rose Group and nine other franchise groups were recognized as Heart of Applebee's Award recipients because of our outstanding support of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation where we raised over $1.1 million this year.
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The Operator of the Year Award: Bonnie Lippincott of The Rose Group

This award recognizes an operator who is passionate about what they do at Applebee's, and goes above and beyond every day to ensure their restaurants and management teams exceed guest expectations. For the second year in a row, the award went to Bonnie Lippincott, Chief Operating Officer of The Rose Group for her leadership in building a high-performing team. Each day, Bonnie's restaurants provide Applebee's guests with a real and personal neighborhood experience, maintaining the highest internal standards of service.
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The Abe Gustin Franchisee of the Year Award: Harry Rose of The Rose Group

For the second year in a row, this year's Abe Gustin Franchisee of the Year Award recipient is Harry Rose, Chairman of The Rose Group. This annual award, named for the man who helped build Applebee's into the nation's iconic, casual dining brand, is given to franchisees who have achieved the highest standards possible for the Applebee's brand, restaurants and guests. The Rose Group demonstrates unparalleled commitment and passion for the brand and contributes to brand growth through: internal committee participation; collaborative philanthropic initiatives including raising more than $270,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation this year; consistent dedication to training and development; participation in product tests; and a constant dedication to ensuring all Applebee's guests have a consistently great dining experience in each of their restaurants. The Rose Group achieved the highest scores in all measurable areas of guest satisfaction and retention this past year.

The Rose Group named 2016 Franchisee of the Year by Applebee’s

GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar honored franchisees and vendor partners for operational excellence, financial leadership and community engagement at the 2016 Applebee's Global Franchise Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. These annual awards recognize a selection of top organizations that have made a significant contribution to building the Applebee's brand as America's first choice neighborhood grill and bar, resulting in a positive impact on local neighborhoods around the world during the previous year.
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The Rose Group is named 2015 Franchise Developer of the Year by Corner Bakery Cafe

  Nearly 500 franchisee representatives, area developers, executives, corporate employees, general managers, sponsors, and vendors attended the conference in Carlsbad, CA. Corner Bakery Cafe recognized excellence across the country by honoring individuals who demonstrated commitment to the brand through performance, passion, and community involvement. "We are thrilled to be recognized by the home office for our strong year," says Jeff Warden, president and CEO of The Rose Group.  "Corner Bakery Cafe has a number of talented area developers in its system and for The Rose Group to be honored is truly humbling.  We are thankful for the hard work of the staff at each of our cafes as well as the commitment Corner Bakery Cafe shows towards its franchise developers." Corner Bakery - Horsham, PA - recipient of the Corner Bakery Cafe Ecosure Excellence Award. Corner Bakery - 17th and JFK in Philadelphia, PA - recipient of the Corner Bakery...

2015: The Rose Group named 2015 Franchisee of the Year by Applebee’s

Each year Dine Equity/Applebee’s recognizes the top performers in its network of 33 franchisees for their financial performance, operational excellence and community support.  The Rose Group was named the top performer in a variety of financial, operational, and community-building categories.  This is the fourth time The Rose Group has received the Franchisee of the Year award; the group was the original recipient at the inaugural presentation in 1997. “These award winners are the best of the best and demonstrate how we rely on our world-class franchisees and vendor partners to help us drive success,” said Applebee’s President Julia Stewart.  “I am proud to serve alongside these winners.” In addition to this honor, The Rose Group's Chief Operating Officer Bonnie Lippincott was named as Operator of the Year, winning the top individual award for her oversight of the company’s operational excellence. “Bonnie has an incredible, selfless drive to succeed for Applebee's,...

2014: The Rose Group Named Pennsylvania State Winner of 2014 Restaurant Neighbor Awards

The Rose Group, a leading franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and Corner Baker Cafe, has been named Pennsylvania’s State Winner of the 2014 Restaurant Neighbor Awards by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The Rose Group will be acknowledged at the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association’s (PRLA) Spring Meeting Dinner at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College on Monday, April 8th. The Restaurant Neighbor Awards honor restaurants in the field of outstanding community involvement and innovative community programs. 
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The Rose Group is Corner Bakery Cafe’s 2013 Franchise Operating Partner of the Year

As the inaugural recipient of Corner Bakery Cafe’s Franchise Operating Partner of the Year, our team is proud to accept this 2013 award. This award recognizes our teams’ exemplary franchisee contributions which have directly impacted the success of The Rose Group and the Corner Bakery Cafe brand. The nominees were selected based on the partner’s leadership and performance in the categories of: sales increase, Best in Class guest relations, CORE & SAFE evaluation programs, and Java City BSA results. Scott Ridgway, Director of Operations, led The Rose Group team to the top by challenging everyone to grow the market, develop our employees, and always deliver on the brand’s promise to our guests. We are honored to be the first Franchise Operating Partner of the Year in the Corner Bakery Cafe brand system.

2013: The Rose Group is the 2013 recipient of the Heart of Applebee’s Award

The Rose Group has been an avid supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation almost from its inception. Through our summer campaign, which we have built from the ground up, we have energized communities, other franchisees, individuals and sponsors to join us and raise much needed funds for the fight against pediatric cancer. To date the combined effort championed by The Rose Group has raised over 4 million dollars since 2005. This is the third time The Rose Group has won this Applebee’s honor. 

2012: Franchisee of the Year & Restaurant Neighbor Award

The Rose Group was honored by Applebee's/Dine Equity with The Abe Gustin Franchisee of the Year award.  This was our third time since the award's inception.  Additionally, our Applebee's team was awarded The Pennsylvania Restaurant Association's Restaurant Neighbor Award for the third time.