The largest franchisee of the largest casual-dining chain in the world is excited about business prospects in 2011. Gregory Flynn is chairman and chief executive of Apple American Group LLC, which, with 269 restaurants, has more franchised Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations than anyone else in the system of 1,999 units worldwide. He said his company is budgeting 2011 sales of about $700 million. During the past three years, San Francisco-based AAG has acquired more than ...

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