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Denny's is the leader in the family dining segment with nearly 1600 locations worldwide.


Welcome! Is Denny's in your future?

Take a tour of our franchise information site and see why entrepreneurs are choosing to invest in the Denny's brand. From Denny's beginning in 1953 in Lakewood California, Denny's has grown into one of America's largest full service restaurant chains.

With nearly 1,600 locations, you can enjoy Denny's restaurants nationwide within the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Guam, Mexico, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. We are committed to becoming the best family restaurant system in the world. Denny's care in recruiting, training and developing franchisees is a key factor in the growth of our franchise system.

Denny’s is the most recognized name in family dining providing good food and service for more than 50 years. With approximately 1,600 restaurants across America and systemwide sales of more than $2 billion, Denny’s is the largest full-service family restaurant chain in the United States.

Denny’s restaurants offer a casual dining atmosphere and moderately priced meals served 24 hours a day at most locations. Denny’s is well-known for its breakfasts served around the clock, including the popular Meat Lover’s Breakfast and Original Grand Slam. Denny’s menu also features a variety of appetizers, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, chicken, steak and seafood entrees as well as desserts.

Specialty menus for health conscious guests feature low-fat offerings. The chain also offers customers age 55 and over selections at special prices and children 10 and under a specially priced menu. In addition, Denny’s offers free refills on coffee, tea, soft drinks and lemonade.

At year end 2005, there were 1,578 Denny’s restaurants: 543 were owned and operated by the company and 1,035 were operated under franchise and licensing agreements. The restaurants are located in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Guam, Mexico, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. The majority of restaurants are located in California, Florida and Texas. Denny’s ended 2005 with systemwide sales of $2.36 billion and $1.64 million average unit sales for company-operated restaurants. There are 27,000 employees at Denny’s company restaurants.

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Franchise candidates should have a minimum net worth of $1,000,000, which should include liquid assets of $350,000.

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