About Us

Overview

Denny's is America's diner. This is where guests have come for over 60 years now to sit back, relax and enjoy delicious, hearty meals 24/7, every day of the year. From breakfast anytime to satisfying lunches and dinners, if you're in the mood for it, chances are we're serving it. Denny's is always open, always welcoming and always serving up hearty diner food along with a mug of fresh hot coffee. So come on in anytime, park yourself in a comfortable booth, take a seat at the counter, whatever you want, because it won't take you long to understand why we're truly America's diner.

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.

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  • 1953

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

  • 1956

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    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

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

  • 1961

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

  • 1967

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

  • 1968

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

  • 1977

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

  • 1981

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Happy 60th Anniversary to Denny’s.

  • 2015

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    Now with over 1,700 restaurants worldwide, Denny’s continues to grow.

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