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      Valley Biz Blog: Grand Opening for Weslaco Applebee's

      Applebee's Grand Opening // Source: Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce

      Applebee's is open for business in Weslaco.

      City leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the restaurant's grand opening on Monday morning.

      The new restaurant is located on the southwest corner of Westagte Drive and Expressway 83.

      With plenty of flat-screen TVs, the restaurant promises to double up as a sports bar.

      The Weslaco restaurant is the fifth location for Applebee's in the Rio Grande Valley. There are also two more south of the border in Reynosa.

      But with more than 36,000 people, Weslaco is the Valley's 7th largest city and it's growing fast.

      A new Chick-Fil-A is being built just across the street from Applebee's and is expected to be open in July.

      The Walmart Neighborhood market off Texas Boulevard and 18th Street is also expected to open its doors in July.

      A Taco Palenque restaurant being built off westbound Expressway 83 near Westgate Drive is expected to be complete in September.