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It’s been the talk of the town ever since a local Tinton Falls restaurant announced that they are banning kids under the age of ten. This caused outrage in the community with some rooting for or against the policy.

Now some of the largest chains of popular restaurant Applebee’s. Are saying not to worry because those kids can come to their locations and eat for free.

From the decision to ban kids ten and under came from a local restaurant and bar called Nettie’s House of Spaghetti. An action that has many parents debating online as to if this action was the correct choice.  However, now other chains are taking the chance to try and profit from the controversy.

One such chain is Applebee’s as Kurt Pahlitzsch, vice president of casual dining at Doherty Enterprise. Said kids and families will always be welcomed to his restaurants.

As such this month From Feb. 19 – Feb. 26 all children brought into a Doherty-owned Applebee’s will be given a free meal. This deal can be obtained with the purchase of one adult entrée, and only applies to Doherty-owned Applebee’s in New Jersey. With Presidents Day, approaching this seems like a good way to pump up business.

While remains unclear what will happen to the now infamous House of Spaghettis, it’s interesting to see how a quick decision like this carries such an impact within the Garden State.

Though Kurt didn’t choose a side in the press conference held earlier this week. Choosing to take the middle of the line he understands they may have a reason for their actions. But stands strong in believing families should be able to dine with their kids if they want.

To me, it sounds like a choice that is being blown out of proportion, I’m not sure what caused such a decision from the Tinton Fall’s location, but at the end that’s their business. A full list of the participating New Jersey restaurants can be found below.

  • Piscataway Applebee's on Centennial Avenue

  • Tinton Falls Applebee's on Park Road

  • Paramus Applebee's on Rt. 17

  • Brick Plaza Applebee's

  • Totowa Applebee's on Rt. 46 west


  • Applebee's in the Woodbridge Center Mall

  • Parsippany Applebee's on Rt. 46 east

  • Toms River Applebee's in the Ocean County Mall

  • Clifton Applebee's on Rt. 3 East in Clifton Commons

  • Applebee's in the Manalapan Epicentre on Rt. 9

  • Applebee's in the Bridgewater Promenade

  • The Edison Applebee's on Rt. 1 south

  • Milltown Applebee's on Ryders Lane

  • Linden Applebee's off Rt. 1

  • Manahawkin Applebee's on Rt. 72 west

  • Howell Applebee's on Rt. 9 north

  • Ocean Twp. Applebee's on Rt. 66

  • Hillsborough Applebee's on Rt. 206

  • Phillipsburg Applebee's on Rt. 22

  • Middletown Applebee's on Rt. 35

  • Union Applebee's on Morris Avenue

  • Clark Applebee's


  • Applebee's at the Jersey Gardens Mall

  • Garfield Applebee's on Passaic Street

  • Butler Applebee's on Rt. 23

  • Hackettstown Applebee's on Mountain Avenue

  • Kearny Applebee's on Passaic Avenue

  • Manchester Applebee's on Rt. 70

  • North Bergen Applebee's

  • Lacey Applebee's in Forked River

  • Hackensack Applebee's on Hackensack Avenue

  • Newton Applebee's

  • Jersey City Applebee's at the Hudson Mall

  • Mt. Olive Applebee's

  • Newark Applebee's

  • Rockaway Applebee's on Rt. 46

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