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Veterans eat for free at Applebee's

Veterans eat for free at Applebee's

ATLANTA -- Applebee's expects to serve more than one million free meals to veterans and active duty military this Veterans Day.

This is the third year in a row that the Kansas City, Mo.-based chain restaurant has held its Thank You Movement to show appreciation for the brave men and women who serve our country.

And part of that movement includes allowing members of the military to eat for free on Friday, Nov. 11.

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Active duty military members and veterans can receive their free food from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Metro Atlanta Applebee's locations include:

Athens
* 2226 West Broad Street

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go

ATLANTA – It’s almost Thanksgiving, have you started preparing? If not, there may be no need; a number of local restaurants are taking the effort out of your Thanksgiving holiday, with pre-prepared and packaged meals. However, don’t hesitate placing your orders because the restaurants we’ve listed are booking up quickly.

Jimmy John's subs are $1 on Thursday

Jimmy John's subs are $1 on Thursday

ATLANTA -- Who doesn't love cheap eats?

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, sandwiches at Metro Atlanta Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shops will be $1. The deal is part of a Customer Appreciation Day for everyone who enjoys Jimmy John's "freaky fast, freaky fresh" signature subs.

Jimmy John's was started by 19-year-old Jimmy John Liautaud in an Illinois garage in 1983. Today, the chain has more than 1,200 locations in 39 states.

Metro Atlanta Jimmy John's restaurants include:

Alpharetta
* 4180 Old Milton Parkway
* 875 North Main Street

Athens
* 600 West Baxter

Atlanta
* 1921 Peachtree Road, Buckhead
* 3324-A Peachtree Road NE, Buckhead
* 60 Luckie Street, Downtown
* 400 West Peachtree Street, Downtown
* 925-A Peachtree Street NE, Midtown
* 365 14th Street NW, West Side

Coca-Cola Freestyle coming to Five Guys

Coca-Cola Freestyle coming to Five Guys

ATLANTA -- Five Guys has become the largest restaurant chain to sign up for the Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser system.

The burger chain will begin installing two Coca-Cola Freestyle fountains in all company-owned restaurant locations across the country next month.

Five Guys has about 875 restaurants across the United States and Canada. It began testing Coke's Freestyle system in the Atlanta market, home to 24 of its restaurant locations, in 2010.

The touch screen-operated Freestyle lets consumers create their own personal and customized drinks, dispensing more than 100 sparkling and still beverage brands from one machine.

Firehouse Subs also recently adopted the Freestyle for its restaurants.

BEST SPOTS: Cheap Brews

BEST SPOTS: Cheap Brews

ATLANTA – Whether it’s after a hard day of work or at the beginning of a long night of partying, everyone loves a cheap brew. Around Atlanta there are plenty of places to get a cold, cheap pilsner full-o-ale however, the Where U Live has compiled a list of the places we think you would like.

Put a quarter in the old jukebox and relax at the, refurbished, Ponce de Leon mainstay dive restaurant. The Local also offers cheap pitchers and amazing wings. The restaurant has fourteen beers on tap, including: Hoegaarden, Pabsts Blue Ribbon, Fat Tire and Loose Cannon. All beers are served in pint glasses, the cheapest being their PBR for $2.75; they, also, offer bottles of Miller Highlife for $2.50. The Local is located at 758 Ponce De Leon Avenue in Atlanta.

It has one of the better patios in the Atlanta area and it only holds about ten people. Popular Virginia Highland tavern, Moe’s and Joe’s offers the cheapest beer around.

Its the 6th Annual Gwinnett International Restaurant Week

Its the 6th Annual Gwinnett International Restaurant Week

The GCVB is pleased to announce that Monday, September 19-Thursday, September 22, 2011 will be the dates of the 2011 Gwinnett Restaurant Week. Now in its 6th year, this popular dining promotion features 20 participating restaurants, each of whom offers a three-course meal for just $21.21 (plus tax/gratuity). “Great meals and a great deal; that is kind of our motto for Gwinnett Restaurant Week,” explains Lisa Anders, GCVB Deputy Director. The restaurants have created delicious and creative Restaurant Week menus, where you can experience Gwinnett’s most popular restaurants at a substantial savings.

Anders is excited about this year’s mix of restaurants, noting that “the large majority of our restaurants are independent restaurants, and we worked very hard this year to expand the ethnic opportunities for diners.

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

ATLANTA -- With the arrival of several new stores this month, Subway celebrates the opening of more than 500 stores in Metro Atlanta since its first location in 1977.

This milestone is a testament to the Subway brand and the franchisees who have made it so successful in the Atlanta area -- not to mention the world, as Subway is the planet's largest restaurant chain with over 34,000 locations.

"We continue to offer a dining experience that meets the changing tastes and needs of our loyal patrons, so it is no surprise to see this important achievement," said Christi Estis, director of operations for Subway Development of Atlanta. "We could not have reached this milestone without the dedication of our model franchisees and employees.