Denny's in decline?

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Re: Denny's in decline?

Post by Brian Lutz » August 2nd, 2018, 11:07 am

I recall that the Denny's in Pendleton OR (which seemed quite busy) had video lottery machines when I was there on a roadtrip a couple of years back. Up here, a lot of the Denny's locations have attached bars which do pull tabs. I rarely see many people in the bars, but then again I'm not generally there during the late night hours when I'm sure those do most of their business.

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Re: Denny's in decline?

Post by Super S » August 4th, 2018, 7:35 am

Brian Lutz wrote:
August 2nd, 2018, 11:07 am
I recall that the Denny's in Pendleton OR (which seemed quite busy) had video lottery machines when I was there on a roadtrip a couple of years back. Up here, a lot of the Denny's locations have attached bars which do pull tabs. I rarely see many people in the bars, but then again I'm not generally there during the late night hours when I'm sure those do most of their business.
Denny's has not consistently had bars. Some franchisees have removed them when the restaurants change hands, others add them. Some have a simple divided section instead of a full bar which allows pull tabs, video lottery, etc.
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August 2nd, 2018, 10:29 am
I love this board sometimes, @Storewanderer, you just led me to Ely, Nevada. Something I probably wouldn't have done on my own.

Sounds like people preferred the old casino restaurant to Denny's, but it's a rather nice looking remodel.

Back to the Portland area Denny's discussion, someone mentioned the location at the corner of Hassalo and Grand. It really is kind of in disrepair. The roof is moss covered and wasting away. They now have a large sign pointing out their hours (not 24 hours). I guess because Denny's is a franchise, there is some leeway. They are open 6 am to 1 am. It has a parking lot. This lot is probably primed for redevelopment as the inner city density grows. Someone would need to purchase the adjacent Red Robin as well.

The Denny's in NE Portland (near mall 205) was so terrible a few years back I have really not wanted to return. The one on Hayden Island (Jantzen Beach)revenue is likely boosted by its Oregon Lottery video lottery (slot) machines. I do admit that this location has always been OK though, both in the old building and the new.
I always thought being open 24 hours was a requirement for Denny's. I know some Shari's locations have moved away from being 24 hour operations, but did not know Denny's was doing this. I can see it though with some of the things that have been going on in Portland lately.

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Re: Denny's in decline?

Post by Brian Lutz » August 6th, 2018, 11:05 am

I haven't seen any Denny's that weren't 24 hours around here, although there are a lot of places where they are basically the only thing open past 1AM (although IHOP has been moving a number of their locations to 24 hour operation here lately as well.) For that matter, food choices here tend to become very limited after 9pm when most restaurants close.

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