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About Denny's :
(also known as
on some of the locations'
signage) is a
pancake house/coffee shop/fast casual
restaurant chain. It operates over
1,600 restaurants in the
Denny's is known for always being
around the clock. Unlike many other restaurant chains,
Denny's does not close on holidays or nights, except where
required by law. Many of their
restaurants are located in proximity to
exits, bars, and in service areas. Denny's started
in 1963, and most Denny's restaurants are now
Harold Butler and Richard Jezak opened Danny's Donuts in
Lakewood, CA in 1953.
In 1955, after Jezak's departure from the then-6-store
chain, Butler created and changed the concept a year later in 1956, shifting it from a donut shop to a coffee
shop with store #8. Danny's Donuts was renamed Danny's Coffee Shops and changed its operation to 24
In 1959, to avoid confusion with
restaurant chain Coffee Dan's, Butler changed the name
from Danny's Coffee Shops to Denny's Coffee Shops. Two years later, in 1961, Denny's Coffee Shops was simply
The business continued to expand, and by 1981, there
were over 1,000 restaurants in all 50
U.S. states. The company absorbed
many of the old
Sambo's restaurants, and used
their mid-century design in all their future restaurants. In 1977, Denny's introduced the still-popular Grand
Slam breakfast. In 1994, Denny's became the largest corporate sponsor of
Save the Children, a national
charity. All but six Denny's closed for the first time ever on
1988; many of the restaurants were built without
locks, and some had reportedly lost their keys.
Denny's main office was located
California, until 1991. At that
time, the office was moved to the
South Carolina, headquarters of the
parent companyTrans World
(TW Corporation) that acquired Denny's in 1987. In
acquired a 47% interest in TW Corporation, later known
as The Flagstar Companies, and encouraged the company to sell non-core businesses.
Eventually, Denny's operations dominated the parent
company to such an extent that The Flagstar Companies changed its name again to
Denny's Corporation. It now trades on
under the symbol DENN.
much of its history, Denny's offered a free meal to anyone on his/her birthday. The offer included a limited
number of meal options from a special birthday menu. The promotional ritual ceased in 1993; though occasionally
individual franchises will continue the tradition. Since 2009 its restaurants offer a free Build-Your-Own Grand
Slam on the customer's birthday.
In 1994, Denny's began renovating its
stores, with a lighter color scheme; select locations also began serving
ice cream for a short time.
was the test market for the chain-wide
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