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Piscataway Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar Raises $1,620 for River Road Fire Department

L to R: Charlie Kuenstner, past Chief; Ronald Jones; Andrew Smolko, Captain; Senator Bob Smith; Cory Harper, Darsey Vivenzio, and John Antosiewicz of Applebee's; Rich Recine; John Smolko, Fire Chief Credits: BML Public Relations

Representatives of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar presented a check for $1,620 to the River Road Fire Department on May 17th. The funds were raised during an Applebee’s Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event at its Piscataway, NJ location in which one hundred percent of the proceeds supported the fire company and its efforts to fight childhood cancer. 

River Road Fire Department is dedicated to providing firefighting and rescue services to the residents and visitors of Fire District #2 in Piscataway, NJ, the surrounding communities, and Rutgers University.

About River Road Fire Company

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The River Road Fire Company provides protection for the 25,000 residents of Fire Direct #2, covering the southern-most section of Piscataway and answering about 300 calls per year with an all-volunteer squad.  For more information please visit

About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.   

Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises, Inc. is recognized as the 68th largest privately-held business in the New York Metro area by Crain’s Business and the 11th  largest franchisee in the United States as ranked in the Restaurant Finance Monitor, operating seven restaurant concepts including: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex, Quaker Steak & Lube, Noodles & Company, and two of its own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas. In 2015, Nation’s Restaurant News ranked Doherty Enterprises as the 78th largest U.S. Foodservice revenue company, up from 85 in 2014. To date, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates over 160 restaurants in northern, southern and central New Jersey, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Florida and Georgia – including newly acquired locations in the Miami area. 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.” (

About Applebee’s®

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar offers a lively casual dining experience combining simple, craveable American fare with flair, classic drinks and local drafts. All Applebee's restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to serving their communities and offering quality food and drinks with genuine, neighborly service. Applebee's is one of the world's largest casual dining brands; as of March 31, 2017, there are approximately 2,000 Applebee's franchise restaurants in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 15 other countries. Applebee's is franchised by subsidiaries of DineEquity, Inc. [NYSE: DIN], which is among the world's largest full-service restaurant companies.

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