Applebee’s Offers Reward to Find Restaurant Manager’s Killer

An Applebee’s manager was found dead in the restaurant parking lot

An Applebee’s manager was found shot to death in the restaurant's parking lot.

Applebee’s has offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for the death of one of the chain’s restaurant managers this weekend.

According to Gawker, Applebee’s manager Gregory Smith, a 27-year-old man from Fayetteville, Georgia, was found shot to death in his car in the parking lot of the restaurant Sunday night. Police say that shell casings found outside the vehicle indicate that the wounds were not self-inflicted, leading investigators to treat the case as a homicide.

Smith was the night manager at the Fayetteville Applebee’s, and he reportedly was the last person to leave the restaurant at 3 a.m. on Sunday morning. When he did not return home in the next few hours, though, his girlfriend became concerned and went to go look for him. She drove to the restaurant and told police she found Smith’s body in the car around 6:30 in the morning.

Police say there are security cameras covering the Applebee’s parking lot and most of the neighboring businesses, and they are combing the tapes for a sign of the killers.


Applebee’s announced that it would offer a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of Smith’s killer or killers.