Last Updated on September 17, 2018
Did you know that Denny’s Restaurant started out as Danny’s Donuts?
Yep, back in 1953 Harold Butler opened Danny’s Donuts, a small coffee shop, in Lakewood, California. In 1959, to avoid confusion with Los Angeles restaurant chain Coffee Dan’s, the name was changed to Denny’s Coffee Shops and in 1961 it was renamed to Denny’s.
Breakfast at midnight?
Why not! Denny’s is always open and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner around the clock. Denny’s doesn’t close on holidays and nights, except where required by law.
Spreading their wings
By 1981, there were over 1,000 Denny’s restaurants in all 50 U.S. states. Today, Denny’s operates almost 1,700 restaurants in the United States (including Puerto Rico and Guam), Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Curacao, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, New Zealand, Qatar, Philippines and United Arab Emirates.
In 1977, Denny’s introduced the still-popular Grand Slam breakfast. From 1990 through 1993, Denny’s offered a free meal to anyone on his/her birthday. However, because too many people went to Denny’s more than once on their birthdays, the management had to restrict the rules to only one meal per person, per birthday. Since 2009, the restaurant chain has offered a free Birthday Build-Your-Own Slam on the customer’s birthday.
In August of 2014, Denny’s opened its first location in New York City. Located in Lower Manhattan, this upscale location serves alcohol and offers a location-exclusive $300 Grand Cru Slam, which is their famous Grand Slam Breakfast served with a bottle of Dom Pérignon champagne.
Denny’s cares about animals
Denny’s works with the Humane Society of the United States to address animal welfare issues. In 2008, Denny’s began switching to cage-free eggs and in 2012, the company announced that it would work with its suppliers to move away from the practice of keeping pigs in gestation crates.
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