INDEPENDENCE, MO – Applebee’s has filed suit after the high profile closure of a location in Independence Center Mall.

The franchise owner closed that restaurant, and six others after an incident in February, when two women were accused of leaving without paying for a meal. After public outcry alleging racial profiling, the locations were closed. Applebee’s claims, the closures by the owner were not approved. A lawsuit seeks $11 million in damages.