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Overview

Denny's is America's diner. For over 60 years, Denny’s has been a place where people can come in, sit down and connect with one another over great food. It’s a place that was founded on togetherness, where you can have “the usual” or try something new. We’re always open and we’re always serving your favorites. So come in, leave your troubles at the door and enjoy some great food. See you at Denny’s.

Our History

Harold Butler and Richard Jezak opened a donut stand in 1953 and called it Danny’s Donuts. Butler’s stated promise was “To serve the best cup of coffee, make the best donuts, give the best service, offer the best value and stay open 24 hours a day.” Today that donut stand is a restaurant chain with a slightly different name, over 1,700 locations and a proven reputation for keeping Mr. Butler’s original promise.

  • 1953

    Danny’s Donuts in Lakewood, CA in 1953

    Harold Butler and Richard Jezak open Danny’s Donuts in Lakewood, CA.

  • 1956

    Danny’s Coffee Shops in 1956

    After Jezak’s departure from the now 6-store chain, Butler created and changed the concept a year later from a donut shop to a coffee shop with store #8. Danny’s Donuts is renamed Danny’s Coffee Shops and changes its operation to 24 hours.

  • 1959

    Denny’s Coffee Shops in 1959

    To avoid confusion with LA restaurant, Coffee Dan’s, Butler changes the name from Danny’s Coffee Shops to Denny’s Coffee Shops.

  • 1961

    Denny's in 1961

    Denny’s Coffee Shops becomes Denny’s. And the rest is history.

  • 1967

    Denny’s goes international in 1967

    Denny’s goes international, opening its first restaurant in Acapulco, Mexico.

  • 1968

    Denny’s Stock Trading in 1968

    Denny’s Stock begins Trading on NYSE under “DEN.”

  • 1977

    The Grand Slam introduced in 1977

    The Grand Slam® is introduced in Atlanta as a nod to homerun slugger, Hank Aaron.

  • 1981

    1,000 Denny’s in 1981

    Big milestone: There are now 1,000 Denny’s across the country.

  • 1991

    Denny’s headquarters moves from Irvine, California to downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina.

  • 1994

    Denny’s becomes the largest corporate sponsor of the national charity Save the Children®.

  • 2000

    Fortune Magazine ranks Denny’s #1 on the list of “America’s 50 Best Companies for Minorities.”

  • 2002

    Advantica Restaurant Group, Inc. in 2002

    Denny’s parent company, Advantica Restaurant Group, Inc., is renamed Denny’s Corporation to reflect the one brand focus.

  • 2006

    Black Enterprise magazine ranks Denny’s at the top of its list of “Best 40 Companies for Diversity” in July 2006.

  • 2008

    Two million free Grand Slams® are served on the Tuesday after Super Bowl XLIII.

  • 2010

    Denny's 1,600th restaurant in September in 2010

    Added 136 new units, the highest number of domestic opening in history, including 100 Flying J/Pilot Travel Center Conversion sites and 6 university locations.

    The $2 $4 $6 $8 Value Menu® make its national debut.

    Denny’s opens its 1,600th restaurant in September.

  • 2013

    Denny's 60th Anniversary in 2013

    Happy 60th Anniversary to Denny’s.

  • 2017

    Denny's launches Denny's On Demand in 2017

    Denny’s launches its online ordering platform Denny’s On Demand. Making the world your diner, 24/7.

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