Denny’s is a family restaurant. It offers all-day breakfast, a large range of lunch and dinner options, and dessert. The ambiance is friendly and welcoming. The food is hearty and American. There are unique desserts that have bacon and maple syrup. There is a varied selection of burgers, sandwiches, and even burritos.
The company is international and 90% of its restaurants are franchised. It was ranked #1 family restaurant in 2015 by Entrepreneur Magazine. There are 1,700 locations and the headquarters is in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The company is based on the traditional American Diner and are open 24 hours 7 days a week.
The history of the company began in 1953. The company was first named Danny’s Donuts. It opened in Lakewood, California in 1953. It was founded by Harold Butler and Richard Jezak. Jezak left the company in 1956. In 1957 it was renamed Danny’s Coffee Shop and opened 24 hours. In 1959 the name was changed to Denny’s Coffee Shop. In 1961 the name was shortened to Denny’s. After that, a parent company was formed called Advantica Restaurant Group, Inc.
The first franchise agreement was signed in 1963. The first international restaurant was opened in Acapulco, Mexico in 1967. The franchise expanded to Canada in 1992. In 2002 the parent company name was changed to Denny’s Corporation. A deal was made with Pilot Flying J. As a result in 2010 restaurants were opened inside Flying J truck stops. This made a big expansion of restaurants in the United States.
In 2011 a special program started to get more franchisees. It has a $100 million loan pool called the New & Emerging Market Incentive program. In 2012 the first Airport location was opened. It was opened at the Las Americas International Airport. It was also the first restaurant in the Dominican Republic.
On August 29, 2014, the first location was opened in New York City in Lower Manhattan. A more expensive item was offered only at this location. It was called the Grand Cru Slam and is $300.00. It is the same as a Grand Slam Breakfast but with a bottle of Dom Perignon. The company is trying to grow to more locations. It wants to cement its position as the leading American Diner franchise.
The menu of Denny’s is unique and varied. It has a large range of menu items that offer a twist on the usual omelettes, burgers, fries, desserts, pancakes, and sandwiches. The recommended item is the blueberry pancake topped with cream and strawberries. It is served with bacon and eggs. A featured item is the Bacon and Cheddar Tots. It is made from potato hash, cheddar cheese, and bacon and served with sour cream. It makes a great appetizer or side dish.
The price of hot coffee, tea, and cold drinks is $2.00 to $3.00 each. Appetizers cost $2.00 to $9.00 per item. Milkshakes and Smoothies are $3.00 to $4.00 for one. The all-day breakfast dishes cost between $9.00 and $15.00. Breakfast sides are $2.00 to $4.50 each. Sandwiches and burgers are $8.00 to $10.00 per serving. The dinner menu is $9.00 to $16.00 per main. Each dessert costs from $3.00 to $4.00.
The atmosphere is classic American, warm, and inviting. The service is attentive and portion sizes are generous. The mains are delicious and satisfying and the desserts are amazing. The seating is in booths which are very clean. The cutlery and plates are spotless. The wait times can vary based on the time of day. The peak meal times are the busiest.
The restrooms are adequate and clean. There is enough room in the walkways. It makes it easy to walk in and out and be seated. The franchise is opening more locations all across the country and internationally. Find the location nearest you on their website. The company will continue to innovate and expand.