Customers enjoy lunch at an Applebee's in New York. 

Sorry, fans of moderately priced sirloin steak dinners, "2 for $20" deals and calling appetizers "apps," but there's no more "eating good in the neighborhood" in Schererville.

Applebee's Grill + Bar has closed its sit-down restaurant at 650 W. U.S. 30, near the intersection of U.S. 30 and Indianapolis Boulevard. It's the third Region location the burger-and-beer family dining chain has shuttered in recent years, following the closure of its Calumet City eatery in May and the Chesterton restaurant in late 2016.

The longstanding Schererville restaurant had been in the Crossroads Shopping Center, anchored by a Walmart Supercenter and Strack & Van Til, since at least the mid-1990s, according to Times archives.

An employee said the closing was "a corporate decision."

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The company did not return messages.

The Los Angeles area-based casual dining restaurant announced that it would close 60 to 80 restaurants this year. Applebee's, known for burgers, ribs, steak and salads, has struggled to attract more millennial customers.

It's been shrinking its footprint and trying to lure people with $1 cocktails and new menu items like pasta bowls with garlic butter breadsticks. The staple still operates about 2,000 restaurants nationwide, including in Munster, Merrillville, Portage and Valparaiso.

The Schererville location faced competition from nearby sit-down restaurants such as Houlihan's, Chili's Grill and Bar, Giordano's, Tandoor, Burgerhaus and Round the Clock.


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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.