Applebee's has loved Walker Hayes ever since he name-checked them in "Fancy Like". They put him in commercials, brought back the Oreo Shake, and handed over a Gold Card giving him free meals for life.
But love is fleeting. His song "Y'all Life" name-checks Olive Garden, and that created a rift in the relationship. He talked about it in an interview. Quote, "I got a little slap on the wrist from Applebee's.
"There's a line in ['Y'all Life'] that says, 'taking our white limousines to the Olive Garden on prom night' and Applebee's was like, 'Dude they're our competitor', and I was like, 'Man, I'm not in the restaurant business, I just tell the truth.'"