Applebee's owner Zane Tankel to DC: Don’t hurt biz owners

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Zane Tankel is embarked on a huge business expansion -- no thanks to Washington.

In this slow-growth, regulation-heavy economy, where new jobs are all but gone, Tankel’s ambition is not only welcome, but needed.

The CEO of Apple Metro anticipates hiring more than 1,000 workers at his six new Applebee’s restaurants in New York through 2013.

The new hires will increase his payroll from roughly 3,000 today to some 4,000. Tankel has three new Applebee’s planned in Manhattan, two in the Bronx and one in Brooklyn over the next 24 months.

“It’s a war out there,” the sprightly and tough-talking Tankel, 71, told The Post.


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