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Friday, April 15, 2011

Denny's Comes to Bladensburg Road

A reader writes in that a Denny's is setting up shop at 17th and Bladensburg Road (just south of Mt. Olivet Road and Eddie's Carryout). This will be the second Denny's in the District.

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would only ever go to this Denny's if the Capitol City Diner was closed, like on a late weeknight.

It's good to see some jobs coming to this area, but I hope it doesn't crush the existing diner, which is THE GREATEST.

Apr 15, 2011, 2:50:00 PM

 
Anonymous ro said...

Yea. Sort of conflicted by this. On one hand it's great that this area can attract a national chain, but I'm all about supporting local businesses. I just can't think of any reason why I would go to Denny's when we have Cap City Diner down the street, not to mention the growing number of locally owned restaurants on H ST

Apr 15, 2011, 3:31:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this Denny's is anything like the one on Benning Road... no thanks.

Apr 15, 2011, 3:48:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It should improve business at Cap city diner because more people will feel comfortable coming to the street.

Apr 15, 2011, 9:40:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, if you're a 20something urban cool kid, this kind of sucks. but if you are a vested resident of this city interested in our economic revitalization, this is great news! people saying, oh i would rather go to the capitol city diner never say the same thing when a new bar opens. you don't have to personally go there to reap the benefits.

it's more options people! it's more activity. Denny's will attract families and non- bar crowds. things like this may also help KEEP families from moving. this is amazing to see bladensburg avenue popping!

Apr 17, 2011, 11:47:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not interested. Denny's restaurant chain has a history of discriminatory practices. I'd choose the Diner. And before anyone says "that was years ago" -- just know that I also refuse to buy Tommy Hilfiger products and refuse to go to South Carolina any more.

Apr 17, 2011, 12:26:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anon 11:47: If you were really a vested local resident like you claim, you'd know that it's Bladensburg Rd, not Avenue. Denny's sucks, plain and simple.

I wish for development on Bladensburg Rd, but not this kind of boring, suburban development. We need more small, local, kitschy places with character.

Apr 17, 2011, 4:23:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 4:23,
you caught my lie. i'm an unvested foreigner because i wrote avenue.

idiot.

Apr 17, 2011, 11:56:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Denny's on Benning Rd is minority owned. I think it is the largest grossing Denny's in the country. 60% of employees are from Ward 7.
Who is the franchisee? That is the question you need to be asking.

Ward 7 resident

Apr 18, 2011, 9:37:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of many reasons to be wary of Denny's: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denny%27s#Racial_discrimination_lawsuits

Apr 18, 2011, 10:59:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Discrimination lawsuits have certainly occurred in the past, but I doubt that they will be much of a problem at this location. Given the racial make-up of the neighborhood, the franchisee would guarantee his bankruptcy if he turned away people of color.

Apr 18, 2011, 1:32:00 PM

 
Anonymous Lampredotto said...

@Anon 11:47:

You're right. Franchises are suburban, hence, boring and stupid and have NO place in the city.

Listen, if you really want small, local, kitschy places, then quit whining and open a small, local, kitschy business. Otherwise you come across as insufferably entitled and preachy.

Is a Denny's the ideal development? Probably not. Is it a hell of a lot better than a used car lot? Yes. A certain amount of franchises in urban locations are all but inevitable.

If you don't like Denny's... eat somewhere else.

Apr 18, 2011, 2:42:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like a smart move to me. They are trying to capitalize on Walmart and the Atlas Flats.

Apr 18, 2011, 3:09:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, competition will help motivate the other local places in the area improve.

Second, the Denny's in Ward 7 is the best, cleanest, friendliest Denny's I have ever been to. I was in the military for many years and visited my fair share nationwide, so I do know what I am talking about. Not to mention, when you don't like something you can fill out the Denny's online complaint site and the manager calls you within a day to rectify the issue.

I hope the Denny's closer to our area is managed by the same people that care about standards and service as much as the Ward 7 one.

Russ

Apr 18, 2011, 3:30:00 PM

 
Blogger saf said...

To the ano above who said, "also refuse to buy Tommy Hilfiger products"

Please note, the stories of his racism are untrue: http://www.snopes.com/racial/business/hilfiger.asp

Apr 19, 2011, 1:09:00 PM

 
Blogger IMGoph said...

denny's wouldn't be terrible, but the building itself will suck.

a parking lot is not what we need. this is an urban neighborhood. build urban. respect the advantages of that.

Apr 21, 2011, 11:31:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As with most of the new fly by night additions & attractions to the area, he Capitol City Diner stinks.... After 40 yrs in this area where both my parents & grandparents also owned homes... I never dreamed that I'd 1 day be surrounded by yuppies, bars, & wild drunk 20somethings. Welcome Denny's, Hopefully the family vibe will once again return to zip code 20002.

May 4, 2011, 5:15:00 PM

 
Anonymous L. Denise Jackson said...

The Denny's will be owned by the same gentleman that owns the one on Benning Road. He is a working owner, which I appreciate. He and his right hand manager are visible, which is good. I am excited that they are local owners that focus on quality. The changed staff last year for that reason. It is a great move for the community.

Aug 4, 2011, 10:53:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Denny's is going to thrive in this area. Its going to attract different people and I am excited that its opening next month. Capitol City Diner needs to come up with a $2 and $4 menu, otherwise there goes there cheap buyers.

Aug 26, 2011, 3:31:00 PM

 

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