I am a local, so I get to visit here more than I'd prefer. I stopped in today only because of a huge balloon on the building proclaiming "Grand Opening." Since you've been in business there for decades, I find it a little inappropriate to call anything a 'Grand Opening." What they are trying to draw attention to is a badly overdue re-make of the dining room. Finally, it's been bought up to Denny's latest corporate standards, and the store looks better than it has in 20+ years.
I ordered the value slam with coffee, and it was quite early. There was no cook in the kitchen, but after waiting 5-10 minutes the shift supervisor drags in from outside, cell phone firmly planted into her ear, and washes up (it's really fun to wash your hands when you can't put the cell phone down.) She headed back into the kitchen and starts cooking my breakfast. I sat there with no coffee while a server blabber mouthed with one of the regulars, finally getting up and serving myself another cup. At that time the server finally got interested in doing her work, and proceeded to get ready to serve my plate.
When she brought me my plate, the quality was almost good enough, except for the pancakes. The whole time the cook was working she still had this cell phone firmly planted in one ear. The pancakes came out barely brown, and were too thick such that the middle of them wasn't done. Rather than have them re-do the order, I just ate around the edges where it was more done, and left the middle behind.
Both the server and the shift supervisor were far more interested in other activities than doing any work. Between the table server who was inattentive, to the cook who couldn't put the phone down long enough to make breakfast, I'd have to say nothing much has changed. The store was so ratty before this facelift, it had become too dingy to patronize. That's all been mended, but if you show up at 4:30 AM wanting breakfast, you're still going to get a predictable level of service typical of a franchised store.
Caveat emptor! Anyone who patronizes Denny's should already know what they are going to get. If that's within the scope of what you are looking for, this store is now up to date, and apparently as good as any. I don't do lunch or dinner there, thus I can't comment. The store itself has been around since the stone ages, and the interior is exactly as it was in 1960 with a many an applied face lift.
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