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Doylestown Applebee’s closes


Applebee’s, a longtime restaurant staple for the Doylestown community and beyond, has closed its Barn Plaza location.

The distinctive sign that marked the free-standing building along Route 611 in Doylestown Township is already gone. A “permanently closed” sign is taped to the doors. Visitors looking for a bite to eat are directed to the chain’s other locations in Newtown, Jenkintown, Lansdale, Quakertown and Southampton.

After opening in 1998, Applebee’s became a popular place for area families, who filled the restaurant for Friday night dinners, birthday parties and other celebrations. It was a popular place for Central Bucks sports teams to gather and mark their wins or lick their wounds after a loss. Seniors and others enjoyed the restaurant too, finding it affordable and friendly.

But, times change and the Barn Plaza has seen its share of shifts this year. The 14-screen Regal Barn Cinema closed in February, after 56 years, and Marshall’s/Home Goods recently relocated to the Cross Keys Place shopping center in Plumstead. Whole Foods will take over the former Marshall’s space when it opens its first Bucks County store later this spring or summer.

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