Applebee’s to close up to 135 locations by year’s end

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar is expected to shutter as many as 135 stores before year’s end, highlighting the chain’s ongoing struggle to stay in business in recent years, according to multiple reports. DineEquity, Applebee’s parent company, announced Thursday that it planned to close between 105 and 135 of its nearly 2,000 locations in the U.S.…