Hate to break to the ignorant but if they make 51% or more of their sales in alcohol for on premises consumption then you cannot carry in which case they must also display the appropriate 51% signage. Applebee's is just their choice. Love the cheap beer but their food is pedestrian at best.
Like our local Applebee's, they have a bigger bar area than restaurant and unlike other dining places, they don't put a drink limit on you. They also were grandfathered in when the smoking ban hit the city bc of alcohol sales.