Doherty-owned Applebee’s® to Celebrate National Debut of Top Gun: Maverick with Opening Night Appetizer Deal on May 27, 2022

Doherty-owned Applebee’s® to Celebrate National Debut of Top Gun: Maverick with Opening Night Appetizer Deal on May 27, 2022

Guests Who Come to Doherty-Owned Applebee’s® Dressed-up as Their Favorite Top Gun Character Can Receive a Free Appetizer Valued at up to $13.49

To celebrate the national release of the highly anticipated summer movie Top Gun: Maverick, Doherty Enterprises, an Applebee’s franchisee, announced today that its Applebee’s® restaurants in Long Island, NY; New Jersey; Florida and Georgia will host a special, Top Gun: Maverick opening night deal.  Guests who come to a Doherty owned-and-operated Applebee’s on May 27 dressed as a Top Gun: Maverick character can ask for a free appetizer valued up to $13.49*.

The offer is valid only on Friday, May 27, 2022 and only at the Doherty-owned Applebee’s restaurants listed below. Guest must mention the offer and ask for the free appetizer.

“After feeling ‘the need for speed’ at the movie theater, we’re inviting all Top Gun: Maverick fans to “’feed the need for fuel’ at one of our local Doherty-owned Applebee’s” said Kurt Pahlitzsch, VP of Operations, Doherty Enterprises. “And those who come in flight-gear, dressed-up as Maverick, Iceman, Phoenix, or any of the other film characters, will be treated to a free appetizer on us.”

Top Gun: Maverick is the long-awaited sequel to Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, which premiered in 1986. Now 36 years later, Top Gun: Maverick will debut in movie theaters nationwide on May 27. Applebee’s is also running a national promotion with Paramount Pictures to offer guests the opportunity to receive one free** Fandango movie ticket when they spend $25 or more in qualifying purchases in one transaction at their local Applebee’s by dining in or ordering To Go or delivery on the Applebee’s website or mobile app.

“We love Top Gun, which is why we’re urging fans to make Applebee’s a part of their Top Gun: Maverick experience,” stated Pahlitzsch. “And with these two terrific promotions, we’re making it easier than ever to ‘buzz the tower’ in the neighborhood.”

Here is a list of participating Doherty owned-and-operated Applebee’s:

Long Island, NY: Nassau County: Baldwin, Bellmore, Bethpage, Elmont, New Hyde Park, Rosedale, Valley Stream and Westbury; Suffolk County: – Bohemia, Brentwood, Commack, East Farmingdale, East Islip, Farmingville, Lake Grove, Lindenhurst, Miller Place, Patchogue, Riverhead and Shirley.

New Jersey: Brick, Bridgewater, Butler, Clark, Clifton, Edison, Garfield, Hackensack, Hackettstown, Hillsborough, Howell, Jersey City, Jersey Gardens, Kearny, Lacey, Linden, Manahawkin, Manalapan, Manchester, Middletown, Milltown, Mt. Olive, Newark, Newton, North Bergen, Ocean, Paramus, Parsippany, Phillipsburg, Piscataway, Rockaway, Tinton Falls, Totowa and Union.

Florida/Georgia: Cape Coral, Cutler Bay, Delray Beach, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Greenacres, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Margate, Naples, North Port, Okeechobee, Pembroke Pines, Port St. Lucie, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Tamarac, Venice, and Vero Beach; and in Georgia: Waycross.

*Conditions: Offer only valid on May 27, 2022. Limit of one free appetizer per guest. Only on apps of $13.49 value or less. Classic Combo and Bone-in Wings are excluded from this promotion.

**Offer valid 5/16/22-6/12/22. Up to $15 per ticket. Receive 1 Movie Ticket to see Top Gun: Maverick with every $25 purchase up to $49.99 made in one transaction at Applebee’s. Spend $50 or more and get two movie tickets. Qualifying purchase excludes tax, gratuity, gift card purchases, bonus cards, coupons, and other discounts, charitable donations, delivery fees, and alcohol (CA only). Receipts from food delivery apps and online food ordering companies are ineligible for this promotion. Additional restrictions apply. Movie ticket distributed through Fandango. Fandango Promotional Code (“Code”) is good towards the purchase of between one (1) and two (2) movie ticket(s) dependent on qualifying spend (up to $15 per total ticket and convenience fee value) to see Top Gun: Maverick at Fandango partner theaters in the US. Code is void if not redeemed by 6/30/22. Limit 2 movie tickets per transaction. Up to 4 movie tickets per person during the promotion. The redemption of the Code is subject to Fandango’s Terms and Policies at See for full details.

For more information about Doherty Enterprises-owned Applebee’s® visit:

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 and company-operated operations consisted of 1,680 Applebee’s restaurants in the United States, two U.S. territories and 11 countries outside the United States as of December 31, 2021. This number does not include two domestic Applebee’s ghost kitchens (small kitchens with no store-front presence, used to fill off-premise orders) and eight 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 Top Gun: Maverick:

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of TOPGUN graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

About Paramount Pictures 

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Paramount Pictures controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, and Paramount Players. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

Social Media  

Hashtag: #TopGun

Official TOP GUN: MAVERICK Social Channels to tag and follow:

Instagram: @TopGunMovie

Twitter: @TopGunMovie

Facebook: @TopGunMovie

About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.

Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates more than 130 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 8 locations in Staten Island and New Jersey. Doherty Enterprises is ranked 11th 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 3,100 people and donated over $4.1 million directly back to those in need. (

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