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 ‘Operator of the Year’ Award was presented to Bonnie Lippincott, The Rose Group’s executive vice president & chief operating officer. Ms. Lippincott was recognized for “embodying the brand values every day, championing a culture of high standards and accountability and presenting a passion for her people and the brand that drives astonishing results.”

“We are the only franchisee ever recognized with both the Operator of the Year and Franchisee of the Year awards in the same year – and we did it 3 times!” stated Ms. Lippincott. “Our consistent execution and commitment to being the best was recognized as the best in the country,” she added proudly.