Harold Butler founds the first Denny’s in Lakewood, California, under the name Danny’s Donuts.
Butler opens additional Danny’s Donut shops and expands the menu to include sandwiches and other entrees.
Now a 20-restaurant chain, Danny’s Donuts name is changed to Denny’s.
Denny’s makes its initial public offering on the American and Pacific Coast Stock Exchanges.
Denny’s introduces the Grand Slam Breakfast in Atlanta as a nod to Hank Aaron. It went on to become Denny’s most famous, and still-popular, breakfast.
Denny’s continues to grow, now with over 1,000 restaurants across the country.
Denny’s headquarters moves from Irvine, California, to Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Denny’s becomes the largest corporate sponsor of the national charity Save the Children.
Denny’s common stock is relisted on The NASDAQ Stock Market under a “DENN” ticker symbol as a result of the company’s sustained sales growth and continued improvements to its restaurant operations.
Denny’s ends the year with system wide sales of $2.4B and $1.72M average unit sales for company-operated restaurants.
Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council named Denny's Corporation of the Year in Supplier Diversity
Denny’s parent company, Advantica Restaurant Group, Inc., is renamed Denny’s Corporation to reflect the one brand focus.
Black Enterprise magazine ranks Denny’s at the top of its list of “Best 40 Companies for Diversity” in July 2006.
Denny’s remains the largest family-service restaurant in America, with 21,000 employees and 1,546 restaurants.