Eureka, CA

California Denny’s Restaurant Being Replaced With IHOP

Joel Eisenberg
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A 50-year-old Eureka, California Denny's restaurant, shuttered since May, is being replaced by an IHOP.

Firstly, per’s most recently-updated location count of the chain’s U.S. restaurants: There are 1,524 Dennys restaurants in the United States as of August 02, 2023. The state with the most number of Dennys locations in the US is California, with 385 restaurants, which is about 25% of all Dennys restaurants in the US.

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Denny’s, 2023

According to a September 23rd report from, no specific date of opening has yet been announced for the new restaurant.

As excerpted from the report: Eureka, California was home to a fifty-year old Denny's site, loved by locals and lauded for being "Always Open," according to the sign out front. That all ended on May 31, 2023 after owners Safar and Lori Ghaffari decided it was time to close for good and head into retirement... The couple closed shop and will now be leasing the building to an IHOP franchise, keeping the building a local breakfast spot.

Development of the new restaurant, however, has reportedly not gone smoothly. As piece goes on to state: According to local news, the location is set to open by the end of the year, potentially seven months after the Denny's closed.

The issue is the couple had expected the process to be considerably quicker.


This is a developing story. In the event of pertinent updates to this matter, inclusive of an official announcement of a specific IHOP opening date, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

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