Denny’s is a full-service fast casual family restaurant chain. The restaurants are known for being open 24 hours where allowed by law and for serving breakfast all day.
Denny’s was founded by Richard Jezak and Harold Butler as Danny’s Donuts in California in 1953.
By 1959 the chain had expanded to 20 restaurants and was rebranded Denny’s to avoid confusion with a similarly named chain, Doughnut Dan’s.
In 1963 Denny’s began franchising and today most Denny’s restaurants are franchises.
Today Denny’s has 1,600 franchised, licensed, and company-owned restaurants across the United States. A further 100 restaurants are located internationally in Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Curacao, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Chile, El Salvador, and New Zealand.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and quarantine in the first half of 2020, many restaurant chains, including Denny’s are at risk of closing permanantely.
The company began offering free delivery service via Postmates starting in July 2020 in an attempt to prevent bankruptcy.
Denny’s is publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol DENN, has 8,250 employees, and had $460.02 million in revenue in 2013.