Where Did Denny’s Come From?


I recently wrote about the origin of Denny’s restaurants in my Ask Chris column in Los Angeles magazine. During my research I met a lot of neat folks and learned much more than could fit in the print edition. I loved the story of two guys in Lakewood who knew nothing about food or restaurants opening up a donut shop which would evolve into Denny’s and change the way America eats. That first little shop has been gone for a long time, but I wanted to know where it came from and investigate the hidden history and humble origins of America’s largest coffee shop chain.

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