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Denny's 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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Happy 60th Anniversary to Denny’s.


Denny’s launch the 1st restaurant in Jakarta, Indonesia.