Denny's (page 1)

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The Denny's Restaurant chain originated as Danny's Donuts in 1953 in Lakewood, CA. New locations began selling sandwiches as the chain was transformed into a full-scale coffee shop. The name was changed to Denny's in 1959 to avoid a lawsuit with the Coffee Dan's chain. The 1960s boomerang-roof buildings were designed by Armet & Davis. The hexagonal shaped sign style is still in use today although the neon has been replaced with plastic. The chain now has over 2,500 locations worldwide. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

former Danny's
West Covina, CA
This former Danny's was designed by Armet & Davis before their boomerang design. The building now houses Taqueria La Fogata. [map]

Los Angeles, CA
This Denny's retains its boomerang roof and has plastic signs. [map]

El Cajon, CA
This Denny's features an intact neon sign and the classic boomerang roof. [map]

San Clemente, CA
This Denny's has one of the last remaining neon signs left. It is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

Pasadena, CA
San Diego, CA
This well-preserved Denny's in Pasadena was built in 1963. [map]

This Denny's in San Diego appears to be from the mid-1960s. [map]

Santa Rosa, CA
This Denny's had a vintage sign until around 2014. I don't know of any others like it left. This photo is from 2016. [map]

former Denny's
Glendale, CA
This former Denny's has housed the Corner Bistro since around 2011. [map]

former Denny's
Fontana, CA
2014: 2023:
This former Denny's housed Las Playas Restaurant by at least 2007. Since around 2015, the building was housing the Villa Del Mar restaurant. [map]

former Denny's
Orange, CA
This former Denny's has housed at least several other restaurants in recent years including Earl's Home Cookin' and Las Playas Family Restaurant. It now houses The Soup and Noodle. [map]

former Denny's
Palm Springs, CA
This former Denny's was built in 1965 as the on-site restaurant for a Westward Ho motel. The restaurant now houses the King's Highway while the motel is now the Ace Hotel. For more, see this website. [map]

former Denny's
Yakima, WA
former Denny's
Spokane, WA
This former Denny's in Yakima has housed Mel's Diner since 1982. While a few sources claim that this was originally a Sambo's, the roof design and the shape of the secondary sign on the sign pole seem closer in design to Denny's. [map]

This former Denny's in Spokane was built in 1965. The building housed the Rooster Grill in 2007. The building now houses Uncle Rusty's Diner. [map]

Kix on 66
Tucumcari, NM
Kap's Coffee Shop
Albuquerque, NM
Kix on 66 was originally a Denny's restaurant. In 2004, it was sold to the owners of Del's Restaurant in town who converted it to this coffee shop and adapted the sign. For more, see this website. [map]

Kap's Coffee Shop is another former Denny's. [map]

former Denny's
Flagstaff, AZ
This former Denny's housed Sammy's Auto Parts for many years. The building now houses Route 66 Coin & Collectibles. For more, see this website. [map]

former Denny's
Gallup, NM
This former Denny's now houses the Avalon Restaurant. [map]

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