We like Applebee's, very good value for the quality of food it serves. However in the past 6 months since we last visited this restaurant the furnishings and fittings have started to deteriorate quite badly. Worst of all is the ladies restroom which is really badly needing refurbished. My wife said it was awful. Food was fine and our server was excellent but both were let down by the building. Overheard someone else commenting on the condition of the place and they were told that the management had requested funds on numerous occasions for a refit but it had been denied. If you compare the Venice outlet to the Applebee's in Ellenton then you would almost think that they were owned by 2 different companies. The rating is pulled down simply by the state of the building.