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Another Applebee’s grows in Brooklyn.

Now, Bed-Stuy residents can chow down on the chain’s "boneless buffalo wings" as well as "shrimp fettuccine alfredo."

The newest Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, which opened on Feb. 21 in Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Restoration Plaza, joins one in Flatbush and another in Sheepshead Bay. Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz were in attendance on opening day.

Bloomberg said the opening of the new Applebee’s "shows that Fulton Street is coming back to life." Applebee’s is part of The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Project’s $700,000 transformation of Restoration Plaza into a suburban strip mall, preceded by Foodtown, Duane Reade and Washington-Mutual Bank.

This Applebee’s falls under the umbrella of Harrison, New York-based franchisee Apple-Metro, Inc., a company that includes the 25-restaurant chain, two Chevy’s Fresh Mex eateries and one Zanaro’s Italian restaurant.

Zane Tankel, who co-owns Apple-Metro with Roy Raeburn, referred to the restaurant’s "eatin’ good in the neighborhood" motto when he told GO Brooklyn he chose Bedford-Stuyvesant because, "How can you be America’s favorite neighborhood place and not go to every neighborhood?"

Tankel plans on hiring 180-200 "servers" to deliver dishes such as the shrimp "three different ways," and the "apple chimichees­ecake," a tortilla-wrapped, deep-fried version of the dessert served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce (pictured).

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar (1360 Fulton St. at New York Avenue in Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant) accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $10.99-$19.49. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily. For information, call (718) 943-8000.

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