Doherty Enterprises, Inc.’s Lindenhurst, NY Bartender Tanya Lindenberg Named Applebee’s Hometown Hero for Outstanding Work in the Community

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Applebee’s Hometown Hero program recognizes restaurant Team Members throughout the United States who go above and beyond to be a good neighbor

Allendale, NJ (PRUnderground) April 26th, 2023

Applebee’s® franchisee, Doherty Enterprises, Inc., announced today that Tanya Lindenberg, a bartender and server at its Lindenhurst, NY restaurant location, has been recognized as an Applebee’s Hometown Hero.

Lindenberg is being recognized for her extensive volunteer work and community impact on the lives of those in her local community over the years. A member of the Lindenhurst PTA for more than 18 years, she’s involved in coaching both soccer and little league while also playing a pivotal role as Fundraising Chair for the Lindenhurst High School Marching band.

Over the years she has remained a supporter of the Boy Scouts of America where each of her four sons is an active member, three of whom have already earned the level of Eagle Scout.

“We are proud of Tanya not only for the work she does in the community but for the programs she has initiated at the restaurant, including a highly effective peer recognition program,” said Kurt Pahlitzsch, VP of Operations at Doherty Enterprises. “We couldn’t be more thrilled that her efforts have been recognized from a pool of applicants throughout the United States with this special Applebee’s honor

Established in 2019, Applebee’s Hometown Hero program recognizes restaurant Team Members throughout the United States who exemplify exceptional service as a good neighbor, teammate, and friend – even when faced with adversity. They go above and beyond to provide selfless service to the community. By making a positive impact on those around them, Hometown Heroes improve the neighborhood and the culture in their restaurant.

Each year on Veterans Day – one of the busiest days of the year at Applebee’s restaurants nationwide – Tanya organizes a group of scouts to help out at the Lindenhurst Applebee’s . The scouts make Thank You cards for the Veterans and walk around the restaurant greeting people, thanking them, and listening to their stories, while active-duty military and Veterans enjoy a free meal in appreciation for their service. The local veterans who visit enjoy seeing the young people involved and it makes their guest experience at Applebee’s that day all the more meaningful.

“It’s a true honor to be recognized as an Applebee’s Hometown Hero,” said Tanya Lindenhurst. “But I couldn’t do half of this without the support of my neighbors, local school and government leaders, and the incredibly giving team here at our restaurant.”

About Applebee’s®

As one of the world’s largest casual dining brands, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar serves as America’s kitchen table, offering guests a lively dining experience that combines simple, craveable American fare with classic drinks and local drafts. Applebee’s makes it easy for family and friends to connect with one another, whether it’s in a dining room or in the comfort of a living room, Eatin’ Good in the Neighborhood™ is a familiar and affordable escape from the everyday. Applebee’s restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to more than serving great food, but also building up the communities that we call home. From raising money for local charities to hosting community fundraisers, Applebee’s is always Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood®. Applebee’s franchise operations consisted of 1,678 Applebee’s restaurants in the United States, two U.S. territories and 11 countries outside the United States as of March 1, 2023. This number does not include seven domestic Applebee’s ghost kitchens (small kitchens with no store-front presence, used to fill off-premise orders) and 15 Applebee’s international ghost kitchens. Applebee’s is franchised by subsidiaries of Dine Brands Global Inc. [NYSE: DIN], which is one of the world’s largest full-service restaurant companies.

About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.

Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates more than 160 restaurants in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Georgia, including five restaurant concepts: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex and its own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. In addition, Doherty Enterprises is also a franchisee of Sola Salon Studios with 13 locations in Staten Island and New Jersey.

Doherty Enterprises is ranked 25th in Top 200 Franchisees in the United States by Restaurant Finance Monitor, is recognized as the 77th largest Foodservice revenue company in the United States by Nation’s Restaurant News, the 73rd largest privately held business in the New York Metro area by Crain’s Business, and 34th largest privately held company in New Jersey by NJBIZ.

The Doherty vision is to be the “Best Food Service Company in the Communities We Serve” and its mission is to “Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers.” Doherty Enterprises has also been lending a helping hand to team members and their immediate families when financially burdened through the WOW a Friend Foundation. To date, the foundation has assisted more than 4,00 people and donated over $5.3 million directly back to those in need. (

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