The Metro Council unanimously rezoned the Applebee’s in Perkins Rowe on Dec. 2 from a restaurant to a bar, but Perkins Rowe officials said customers should not expect immediate changes.
Donna Taylor, the senior vice president of Stirling Properties, said they have no immediate plans to replace Applebee’s. But she said the zoning change would give Applebee’s the flexibility to change its concept in the future.
The decision to rezone came from Perkins Rowe management and not Applebee’s, she said.
“We try to be more progressive rather than sitting back and waiting,” Taylor said.
Taylor said the zoning change does not force Applebee’s to change the way it operates.
Frank Duke, the city’s planning director, said the rezoning does not change much aside from the ratio of food to alcohol sales that the restaurant can have.
He said Perkins Rowe officials did not tell him if they planned to replace Applebee’s, but noted that they would not need to tell him that to have the zoning changed.
Perkins Rowe has a few other restaurants and bars, including restaurant and wine bar Bin 77. Applebee’s is one of a few national chains in the mixed-use development, along with California Pizza Kitchen and Zoe’s Kitchen.