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Posted on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 5:56 a.m.

Ann Arbor Denny's reopening Friday following dining room renovations

By Angela Smith


Denny's is reopening Friday after a renovation project.

Angela Smith | For

The Denny's restaurant at 3310 Washtenaw Ave. in Ann Arbor is reopening its doors Friday following nearly a week of renovations.

“We are extremely excited to reopen our doors to the residents and visitors of Ann Arbor, and we couldn’t think of a better way to mark this occasion than with a Grand Slam of a celebration,” said Denny’s franchisee Jackelyn Miller. “Denny’s is so appreciative of the support this community has shown us throughout the years, and we hope our guests will come celebrate with us in our beautifully remodeled diner.”

On Friday, July 26, beginning at 9 a.m., the first 100 diners will receive a free Grand Slam Breakfast. Beginning at noon, the first 25 lunch guests will receive a free burger and fries. Additional freebies and prizes will also be offered throughout the day.

Construction work began at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21. The construction will end later today. General manager Gwen Robinson calls it a complete remodel to Denny's "heritage design."

Denny's was also updated back in 2005. So this update included just the dining area and restrooms. "They gutted everything out, gave us new booths, light fixtures, tables and are putting a mural up on the wall."

The new Denny’s has more than 30 employees and is open 24-7.

Robinson is expecting big crowds all weekend. "We're very excited about it."

Angela Smith is a freelance reporter. Contact the business desk at



Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 2:45 p.m.

Reading about breakfast food has me mourning the loss of Charlie's Country Squire, there is no comparison.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 7:34 p.m.

I went there right after Charlie's left it wasn't bad.The kids moved to California and the parents moved to ( I think ) Cypress.

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 1:58 p.m.

To give Denny's a nod, its hard to screw up breakfast. You don't Emeril Lagasse to do a couple eggs over easy and some toast.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 2:12 p.m.

Ah, but some of us choose the breakfast joint for the hash browns. Butter versus oil, freshly grated versus frozen, ..... lots of variation.

Angela Smith

Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 1:20 p.m.

Though the general manager did not say so,it looks as if the exterior changes are beginning today, while the interior is done. When I saw the interior yesterday, it was not markedly different. Just cleaner and newer. Balloons, signs, and taped off windows make for a noticeable change this morning, though.

Lake Trout

Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 12:04 p.m.

Well tdw, I stopped going there years ago because the service and food are terrible. No amount of remodeling is going to fix those problems. There are so many other much better choices in that area, so greasy, over processed food and surly servers just doesn't get it.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 11:26 a.m.

Denny's bashing begins in 5..4..3..2..


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 6:57 p.m.

So? The food, service and just about everything is terrible. Deserves bashing!

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 11:30 a.m.

how about this one... I go by there several times a week and never knew it was closed.

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 11:29 a.m.

I'm game..... all that remodeling and its still a Denny's?