Denny’s Looks to be Re-opening in Grand Forks

The vacant Denny’s location at 3770 32nd Ave S. in Grand Forks could soon see new life. According to numerous job postings, the company Classic Restaurants is planning on re-opening the place.


The company owns Denny’s locations in Fargo, Bismarck, Minot and Sioux Falls and also the Ground Round in Bismarck, Fargo and Minot. They’re accepting resumes for restaurant managers and a kitchen manager in Grand Forks.

Denny’s closed on January 29 this year. The post about its closing was one of the most-read posts ever and the discussion about the place was huge. The overwhelming majority of people thought the closing was overdue, citing lacking food and service.

No word yet on when the restaurant will re-open.

Grand Forks Denny’s Closes

Word came late Sunday afternoon that the south Grand Forks Denny’s location on 32nd Ave. closed up shop. A sign on the front door said “Closed for maintenance,” but workers say they were told by a district manager that the lease was up and the building had to be emptied by Tuesday.


Workers were loading equipment from the restaurant into two U-Haul trucks. The staff was apparently notified of the news Sunday and told to go home.

While it’s definitely not good for those relying on the chain for jobs in town, I usually am happy when a chain (particularly a bad one) goes out of business. Denny’s is known for it’s Grand Slam breakfasts and normal sandwiches, burgers and the like. But I also remember not too long ago that they offered a mozzarella stick grilled cheese sandwich, although I could not find it listed on the website. It’s a few mozzarella sticks tucked into a grilled cheese sandwich. Have one of these and feel your heart nearly come to a stop. Gross.

So hopefully the location can be scooped up by someone else soon. It’s a good location, near the busy Menard’s, Best Buy and Target. And here’s hoping it’s a local place.

Were you a regular at Denny’s? What will you miss? Or are you not a fan?

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