Four Applebee's Restaurants to Open in Costa Rica

Aguaceros de Esperanza Group of Costa Rica will invest $5 million for the construction of the franchise’s restaurants.

Monday, May 4, 2009

With an investment of $1.3 million for each building, the Aguaceros de Esperanza Group has scheduled opening its first restaurant in Santa Ana, San José, in late 2009.

According to, group president Cristian Villegas stressed that "Applebee's Costa Rica will be aimed at the middle, upper middle and high class ‘with a family-menu,’ featuring salads, quesadillas, meats (ribs and chicken filets and fajitas), seafood, pasta, burgers, desserts and beverages."

The new restaurants aim to compete with "Friday's, TGIF (both casual dining facilities), El Novillo Alegre (meat) and Chancay (Peruvian cuisine)."

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