Flynn Group, the largest U.S. franchise operator of quick-service food outlets, is adding 51 Applebee's locations to its portfolio in two transactions.

San Francisco-based Flynn Group has acquired 26 existing Applebee's franchises in Georgia and Florida from Doherty Enterprises, a longtime franchisee of the restaurant chain who will continue to operate 80 Applebee's outlets in New York and New Jersey.

In a separate agreement with Applebee's, Flynn Group will operate 25 new locations the restaurant chain plans to open in markets around the U.S. over the next seven years.

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