Denny’s, the chain of 24-hour hour restaurants that calls itself “America’s diner,” signed its first New York City lease, and neighbors are queasy.
The company known for healthy portions of unhealthy grub has been eying Manhattan locations for some time, a spokesman told DNAinfo. Denny’s last year inked a deal for a ground floor space at the 23-story 150 Nassau Street, which went condo in 2003 and is a Grand Slamwich’s throw away from City Hall.
“We certainly do not want a Denny’s in this building,” one resident told DNainfo.. “Maybe a high-end coffee shop or a restaurant, but not a Denny’s — people who live here are definitely angry about it.” Another resident of the landmarked building feared the restaurant would spoil the quiet, family atmosphere of an area that has very recently become popular with the stroller set.
The chain’s round-the-clock operating hours are of particular concern to locals, who reportedly fear that ravenous Pace University students could flock to the diner whenever they desired. Perhaps because of these fears, Denny’s has pushed back from March 14 to May its appearance before Community Board 1, where it will apply for a beer and wine license.