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No more Grand Slams for FReeper Registered
Muskegon Chronicle-hard copy ^ | 12-10-02 | Lynn Moore

Posted on 12/10/2002 7:49:27 PM PST by Registered

No more Grand Slams for FReeper Registered

After 22 years, restaurant closes its doors

Denny's Restaurant, a virtual institution among late-night diners, abruptly closed its doors for good Monday afternoon, citing lagging business.

The Norton shores restaurant, which opened in 1980, closed at 3 pm Monday. The restaurant was hurt financially by safety and security concerns that forced the corporation to stop making it a 24-hour eatery-a "trademark" of Denny's restaurants, a corporate spokeswoman said.

Customers (Like Me) and workers were not given advance warning the restaurant would be closing, said Melanie Mathews of Muskegon, a (darn good) server at the restaurant. Employees, some of whom worked at the restaurant for more than 20 years, were told the restaurant was closing during a meeting Monday afternoon, she said.

"It was a big blow" (tell me about it), Mathews said, "There's a lot of people out of a job and a lot of families and children that will be affected by this...there were women in there sitting and crying"(not me, I'm a guy)

The 48 employees were offered a two-week severance package and the opportunity to transfer to other Denny's restaurants, the closes being in Holland and on Plainfield Avenue in Grand Rapids, said Debbie Atkins, spokeswoman for Denny's, which is based in Spartanburg, S.C.

The Norton Shores restaurant originally was open 24 hours. But several years ago, corporate officials (that don't understand Michigan "culture") decided to start closing at 3 am every day but Sunday, when it closed at 1:45am, Atkins said.

"Unfortunately that hurt the business-the fact that we couldn't be open 24 hours," Atkins said,"Security is a top priority for us-ensuring the safety and security of our customers and employees. And we didn't believe we could do that at that location in the early morning hours"

The restaruant was the site of a a couple of melees over the years. In 1994, police said a "near riot" and "free for all" brawl in the restaurant at 3:11am involved more than 50 people-practically all the patrons at the time (the Michigan "culture" thing).

And in the 1999, a fight that involved 15 to 20 people caused $4,000 in damage at 3:32am . During that fray, patrons left without paying while others went into the cooking area and grabbed food (to eat and watch the action of course).

Atkins said, Denny's now will be looking to sub-lease the property on which the corporation holds a long-term lease.

Mathews said she was disappointed that the corporation chose to close the restaurant so close to Christmas. "It seems like they could have held on at least until after the holidays", she said, (and now for the Willie Green wind-up statement...) "To Denny's, you're no more than a bottom line number, and that's how we felt yesterday."

Atkins said corporation officials "regret" the decision to close...there's never a good time for this," (duh) Atkins said. For any additional questions, call Denny's Customer Service Team at 1-800-733-6697.

end of story.



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1 posted on 12/10/2002 7:49:27 PM PST by Registered
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To: Willie Green
Go on, tell me again how happy you are you left Michigan...
2 posted on 12/10/2002 7:51:39 PM PST by Registered
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To: Registered
Screw Denny's. You just need a good, old-fashioned New Jersey diner there in your neighborhood.

And it ain't a real diner unless it's owned by Greeks and is open all night.

3 posted on 12/10/2002 7:54:49 PM PST by Alberta's Child
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To: Registered
Man, I am sorry you are losing your Denny's! (Sounds like things got pretty lively around there in the early morning hours though.)

Muskegon, MI, huh? This Georgia girl was in Muskegon years ago, for . . . (drum roll please) the annual convention of Pyrotechnics Guild International, of which my dear husband (then my fiance) is a charter member. We had a wonderful time firing a display for the general public on a small island just off the lake shore on one night. On another night, we had a fireworks contest in a nearby field -- we and another couple had an entry which won fourth place, probably because it was the only electronically fired display (with two Electrical Engineering mavens from the Georgia Institute of Technology, how ELSE would we fire the thing?)

But the thing I remember most of all was the water ski show, featuring a one-legged water skier, a black guy, who did the most incredible acrobatics I have ever seen from any skier even with TWO legs. Was he a local? This was back in the 70s.

4 posted on 12/10/2002 7:56:39 PM PST by AnAmericanMother
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To: Registered
Our condolences. Hope this won't affect your output! Any IHOPs around?



5 posted on 12/10/2002 7:57:44 PM PST by Tunehead54
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To: AnAmericanMother
One-legged acrobatic skiers are a dime a dozen 'round here.
6 posted on 12/10/2002 7:58:49 PM PST by Registered
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To: AnAmericanMother
Pyrotechnics bump!
7 posted on 12/10/2002 8:00:10 PM PST by dcwusmc
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To: Registered
LOL!

. . . I can think of all sorts of smart comments but they would not be nice and my sainted grandmother would probably rise up out of her grave and slap me . . .

8 posted on 12/10/2002 8:00:47 PM PST by AnAmericanMother
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To: Registered
Sorry to hear this. My local Denny's is one of the best people-watching venues around. I can nurse a cup of coffee for hours (and outrageously overtip the server) and watch pretty much every stripe of humanity come through the doors.

Waffle House is good for this too, but Denny's was the first.

9 posted on 12/10/2002 8:01:10 PM PST by strela
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To: dcwusmc
You a Guild member?
10 posted on 12/10/2002 8:01:29 PM PST by AnAmericanMother
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To: Registered
Grand Slams are for SISSIES!!! I go for the Super Slam.
11 posted on 12/10/2002 8:03:52 PM PST by freedox
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To: Registered
My first job was as a dishwasher at Denny's. That's a dang hard job, I might add, which is why I always spit out a piece of gum and stick to the bottom of my Grand Slam. I attach a nickel or dime as a tip just for that guy.
12 posted on 12/10/2002 8:04:03 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: strela
"...and watch pretty much every stripe of humanity come through the doors"

Ain't that the truth..sigh.
13 posted on 12/10/2002 8:05:10 PM PST by Registered
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To: strela
What's the deal at Waffle House where the waitress goes to within 7-8 feet of the cook and yells the order at him?
14 posted on 12/10/2002 8:07:49 PM PST by breakem
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To: Registered
Go on, tell me again how happy you are you left Michigan...

OK.

Right now, it's 50°F in Las Vegas.
And we got all the 24 hour eateries you can think of.

Hows that?

15 posted on 12/10/2002 8:08:31 PM PST by Willie Green
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To: Registered
...1950's Founder of the DENNY's Nationwide Restaurant Chain, Mr. HAROLD BUTLER of Garden Grove CA, sold his interest in the company long ago to fellow partner KIRK KIRKORIAN, went on to found the JO JO Restaurants and retired at an early age in Baja California where he recently passed away.

...His son STEVE BUTLER was a damn fine Chess Player.
16 posted on 12/10/2002 8:08:49 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Registered
Hey Registered...drive a couple hundred miles and you can have breakfast at my place after the cats, dog, kids, grandkids and me & missy eat.
17 posted on 12/10/2002 8:08:56 PM PST by PGalt
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To: freedox
Grand Slams are for SISSIES!!! I go for the Super Slam.

Them's fighting words..and if my Denny's was still open I'd be inviting you to meet me there at 3am and duke it out!

18 posted on 12/10/2002 8:10:32 PM PST by Registered
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To: Registered
Why don't you hang out in back with the rest of us? Just twist the paper bag around the neck of the bottle and you're good to go. No one needs to know it's cream soda...
19 posted on 12/10/2002 8:11:17 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Registered
Sorry, Registered. Although I live in NYC, when I was single, I used to work through the night in cafes, until New York cafe culture became unhospitable (it's called turning tables).

20 posted on 12/10/2002 8:12:00 PM PST by mrustow
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To: Billthedrill
Why don't you hang out in back with the rest of us? Just twist the paper bag around the neck of the bottle and you're good to go. No one needs to know it's cream soda...

Here in NYC, you have to practically knock the guys in the bodegas and Korean delis in the head, before they'll give you a paper bag big enough to cover the bottle (otherwise, you get a summons and a fine from the cops). I think they want to get customers into trouble.

21 posted on 12/10/2002 8:15:22 PM PST by mrustow
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To: Alberta's Child
Man, I'll second that!! (It's ok even if NJ did copy the NY diners:-))
22 posted on 12/10/2002 8:17:20 PM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: Registered
Ain't that the truth

Ayup. One time, I watched a teenager (couldn't have been 16) sit down in the booth across from mine. He was sweating, shaking, and generally nervous, his pupils were dilated, and he kept to himself. As I watched him during the next few minutes, I noticed that there was a pair of panty hose shoved into his jeans pocket, half hanging out. After a few minutes passed, I saw why he was so nervous - when he stood up and hurriedly walked out, a revolver was clearly visible tucked into his waistband under his jacket.

To this day, I still think he was going to rob the place but lost his nerve at the last minute.

23 posted on 12/10/2002 8:17:58 PM PST by strela
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To: breakem
What's the deal at Waffle House where the waitress goes to within 7-8 feet of the cook and yells the order at him?

That's a good question. Millie (the cook at the local WH) does the same thing - the cook is apparently either deaf or stupid.

24 posted on 12/10/2002 8:19:13 PM PST by strela
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To: Registered
And there's no state income tax.
25 posted on 12/10/2002 8:19:55 PM PST by Willie Green
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To: strela
Geez ... Millie works the counter, she's not the cook. They've never kept a cook for more than a few months.
26 posted on 12/10/2002 8:22:43 PM PST by strela
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To: Willie Green
You moved there for the prostitution, you can't fool me!
27 posted on 12/10/2002 8:22:51 PM PST by Registered
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To: strela
Was that in Muskegon? lol.
28 posted on 12/10/2002 8:24:01 PM PST by Registered
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To: AnAmericanMother
Nope. I just remember fondly some of the things I got to play with (that went "BOOM") in the Marine Corps... like C-4 and det cord and TNT and such... bazookas and flame throwers and the like. (Nothing like playing with a flame thrower on a cold, chilly day!) Or the old M-79 Blooper... I love pyrotechnics, even to the lowly smoke grenades... would love to learn if you need an older apprentice!
29 posted on 12/10/2002 8:27:55 PM PST by dcwusmc
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To: Registered
That's why we got Waffle House.
30 posted on 12/10/2002 8:29:38 PM PST by mhking
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To: Alberta's Child
Denny's is a great place if you like to sit around and wait twenty minutes before a waitress comes to your table. Usually I end up leaving. OTOH if you are black you can charge racial discrimination for this and make a lot of cash. It worked for a few Secret Service agents at an Annapolis Denny's about ten years ago. Denny's does not really discriminate. Everyone gets crappy service!
31 posted on 12/10/2002 8:30:21 PM PST by StockAyatollah
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To: Tunehead54
A Waffle House would be wonderful for 'em. Too bad the zeitgeist isn't there to support one.
32 posted on 12/10/2002 8:31:06 PM PST by 185JHP
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To: mhking
Waffle House sounds great! Buy a franchise, we've got the building and the land for you ready and waiting (along with the employees too!)
33 posted on 12/10/2002 8:32:29 PM PST by Registered
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To: Registered
What!? Another Denny's up and leaving! Are bacon, eggs and pancakes cheaper to make in Mexico? Is there no end to free trade's tyranny? LOL!
34 posted on 12/10/2002 8:34:13 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: Registered
Can you get your eggs scrambled in Michigan? That's the only way I know how to eat them in Texas. :)
35 posted on 12/10/2002 8:35:04 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: Registered
I feel for you, the Farmer's Slam is my favorite for a late night, after class meal. Well except for every third Tuesday. The AA meetings are held at that time and it gets pretty roudy but the chicks seem to always look you up and down a couple of times. ;>
36 posted on 12/10/2002 8:35:24 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: Willie Green; Registered
Go on, tell me again how happy you are you left Michigan... OK. Right now, it's 50°F in Las Vegas. And we got all the 24 hour eateries you can think of. Hows that?

There are at least 2 Denny's within a 4 mile radius of the house. IHOP is just down the road - and just up the road.

Oh, probably at least 6 casinos, with very good restaurants, within a 15 - 20 minute drive

Just thought I'd add a bit of clarity to what WG said.

I also have to tell you that my 8 yr old loves Denny's, but I think his love is more for the claw machine than for the food.

It's now 48 F. Forcast of 60 - something tomorrow.

LVM

37 posted on 12/10/2002 8:35:24 PM PST by LasVegasMac
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To: Registered
Understand that the Clintons before they entered public office , ate at Denny's in Little Rock...

As they progressed eating on the public dole with each advancement in public office , and then, finally after eight years of free meals at the White House, they were caught stealing the silverware when they left...... by Registered.

38 posted on 12/10/2002 8:35:54 PM PST by prognostigaator
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To: Zack Nguyen; Willie Green
Clean up Willie, aisle 34.
39 posted on 12/10/2002 8:36:33 PM PST by Registered
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To: Registered
Show me a place in this country where you can get a rare hamburger or steak or a steak tartare and I'll be there lickety split! Dude, you could be a radical revolutionary in this country serving one of those!
40 posted on 12/10/2002 8:38:01 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: Registered
WELL, you STILL got WHITE CASTLE !! And the CRACKER BARREL !!
41 posted on 12/10/2002 8:38:10 PM PST by timestax
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To: timestax
sigh..no White Castle...and the Cracker Barrel is 40 minutes away.
42 posted on 12/10/2002 8:40:07 PM PST by Registered
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To: Registered; Zack Nguyen
Are bacon, eggs and pancakes cheaper to make in Mexico? Is there no end to free trade's tyranny? LOL!

The truth is, Zack, that Registered's plight is likely NAFTA related.
It's pretty straightforward, really.
Factories move to Mexico, then the local economy sags, no longer able to support "service" businesses like Denny's.
It's the "ripple effect".

43 posted on 12/10/2002 8:45:14 PM PST by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green
In all seriousness that is an interesting perspective. You know I am only ribbing.
44 posted on 12/10/2002 8:47:22 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: Registered
"sigh..no White Castle...and the Cracker Barrel is 40 minutes away."

I could whip ya at Cracker Barrel, too.....

45 posted on 12/10/2002 8:48:21 PM PST by freedox
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To: Registered

BTW thanks for your great images, I have found it to be a lot of fun to do myself as you can see above! :-)


46 posted on 12/10/2002 8:50:24 PM PST by The Chief
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To: Registered
Sorry to hear you got laid off. Hope you find work again soon.
47 posted on 12/10/2002 8:50:28 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Registered
Egg McMuffin, sir? ... they're right off the grill!



how about a nice breakfast burrito? ... and a side of cardboard-packaged hash browns?



8)

Is there an International House of Pancakes or a Shoney's Big Boy near ya?
48 posted on 12/10/2002 8:51:22 PM PST by Bobby777
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To: Willie Green
Hmmm, there are about 700 new Denny's restaurants opened since NAFTA was enacted. That's weird.
49 posted on 12/10/2002 8:51:29 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Willie Green
The article specifically said that the restaurant had to close because of safety and security concerns.

And I'll bet at least 95% of the perps involved in those incidents mentioned in the article were Americans.

50 posted on 12/10/2002 8:53:16 PM PST by Alberta's Child
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