CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT: Ruby Tuesdays, Applebee’s seek liquor licenses to build in Cadillac

CADILLAC – Pending approval from the state on their liquor licenses, both Applebee’s and Ruby Tuesdays are getting ready to break ground in Cadillac.

With the construction of the new U.S. 131 bypass, the area off Boon Road is “becoming a retail hub,” said Applebee’s franchise owner Bill Wentworth Sr. “A lot of customers are coming into town from a 50-mile radius.”

And Applebee’s will accommodate them. The restaurant expects to seat between 162 and 168 patrons. Liquor license or not, Wentworth is already seeking a staff.

“We’re looking for restaurant managers in the area,” Wentworth said.

Scheduled to open at the end of September, Applebee’s will be located on the north side of Boon in the Meijer parking lot.

Just east of that site, also on the north side of Boon, is the proposed Ruby Tuesdays location.

“The growth is in that part of the area,” explained Ruby Tuesdays franchise owner Andy O’Toole.

With the motto “awesome food and a serious salad bar,” Ruby Tuesdays hopes to accommodate what’s been “an underserved area in the past.”

The restaurant is designed to seat approximately 200 guests and will most likely open during the fourth quarter of 2000 or the first quarter of 2001.

“We’re pretty much all over the state, expanding into northern Michigan,” said O’Toole. He’s planning a Traverse City location to follow in the next two years. Both chains are also taking steps to build in Gaylord.

If you’re interested in applying for the managerial positions at Applebee’s, call Liz at (810) 733-0663. BIZNEWS