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Dennys (also seen as Dennys Diner on some of the locations signage) is a full-service coffee shop/family restaurant chain. It operates over 1,500 restaurants in the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, Cura ao, Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan (transliterated as Den zu), Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Dennys is known for always being open, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert around the clock. Many of their restaurants are located in proximity to freeway exits, bars and in service areas. Unlike many other restaurant chains, Dennys does not close on holidays or nights, except where required by law. Dennys was founded under the name Dannys Donuts in 1953 by Richard Jezak and Harold Butler in Lakewood, California. They expanded to 20 restaurants by 1959, when the chain was renamed Dennys to avoid confusion with another chain, “Doughnut Dans”. The business continued to grow and by 1981, there were over 1,000 restaurants in all 50 U.S. states. In 1977, Dennys introduced the still-popular Grand Slam breakfast. In 1994, Dennys became the largest corporate sponsor of Save the Children, a national charity. All but six Dennys closed for the first time ever on Christmas 1988 many of the restaurants were built without locks, and some which had been reported having lost their keys. Dennys headquarters were located in Irvine, California, until 1991. At that time, the main office was moved to the Spartanburg, South Carolina, headquarters of the parent company Trans World Corporation (TW Corporation) that acquired Dennys in 1987. In 1992, private equity firm, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts acquired a 47 interest in TW Corporation, later known as The Flagstar Companies, and encouraged the company to sell non-core businesses. Eventually, Dennys operations dominated the parent company to such an extent that The Flagstar Companies changed its name again to Dennys Corporation. It now trades on the NASDAQ under the symbol NASDAQ DENN. Today, Dennys operates about 1,600 restaurants in all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. There are also about 578 Dennys restaurants in Japan operated under a license by a subsidiary of Seven I Holdings and seven Dennys locations in New Zealand. There is a Dennys attached to the Holiday Beach Hotel in Otrabanda, Willemstad, Cura ao in the Netherlands Antilles. Along with the regular Dennys Menu the restaurant also has a selection of local (“kriyoyo”) dishes.