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Inefficient Fact of the Day

2009_12_applebees.jpgFaced with plenty of economic hardships, Applebee's has enlisted a new regime to help it get back on track. But probably oddest part of the puffy Forbes article is when the many "menu subtleties" are being tossed about and new CEO Julia Stewart (who already saved IHOP) explains that these are not just any chicken nuggets, but rather: "Chicken Parmesan Tanglers--deep-fried strips, sprinkled with cheese, served with marinara-- [that] were nine months in development." Nine. Months. For comparison's sake, Andrew Carmellini pretty much opened Locanda Verde in, oh, 1/9th of that time. [Forbes]