The Denny's franchise was originally known as Danny's Donuts. It founded in 1953 by Harold Butler in Lakewood, California. Six short years later, the company went public and had 20 locations in the chain. Fast forward to today, and the franchise has grown to over 1,600 locations around the world and serves customers breakfast, lunch, and dinner at anytime of the day, 365 days a year. In addition to being dedicated to providing the community with quality food and a safe place to bond, the brand is also dedicated to helping its franchise owners succeed with flexible restaurant spaces and virtual concepts to keep the brand growing. 

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Denny's Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2022


With over 1 million restaurants in the U.S. alone, the restaurant industry is booming and has a lot of  competition. Are you looking to get your piece of this booming industry with a nationally recognized brand that provides communities around the world with break, lunch and dinner 24/7? The Denny's franchise could be for you. Founded originally as Danny's Donuts in  Lakewood, California, in 1953, the company changed its named to Denny's after going public. Since then, the franchise has grown to over 1,600 restaurants around the world, leading to the success of countless franchise owners in its system. With over six decades worth of franchising experience, the brand's restaurants are 97% franchise-owned! In terms of the ideal prospective franchise owner, the Denny's franchise is looking for someone with prior restaurant, hospitality or retail management experience.
But even if you don't have experience in those fields, the franchise will be there for you and provide you with everything you need to run the business successfully. The length of their franchise agreements lasts for 20 years and requires a $1 million net worth requirement, so prospective franchise owners need to be dedicated to the brand and values connections with other team members and the community members at large. The franchise has partnered with organizations like St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and No Kid Hungry to do research for childhood cancers and provides meals to kids in need. Not only are you investing in a nationally recognized brand with the Denny's franchise, but you can also make the community a better place at the same time.

Company Details

Founded: 1953
First franchise awarded: 1963
Headquarters: Spartanburg, South Carolina 
International: Yes
Canada: Yes 
Units: 1,600+

Support and Training Offered By Denny's

In terms of support and training, the franchise owners in the system can expect the franchise to provide them with everything that they need to know about running the restaurant. From site selection, marketing campaigns, website development, grand opening assistance and more, the franchise has you covered! 

2022 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Denny's Franchise.

What does a Denny's Franchise Cost?

Denny's franchise fees for 2022:

Total investment: $1,428,422 to $2,326,537
Franchise fee: $30,000
Net worth: $1 million
Liquid capital: $500,000 
Royalty fee 5%
Financing options: Yes 

Is Denny's a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

Yes. Denny's is a semi absentee franchise and allows passive ownership. A semi-absentee franchise is a business you could start and run while still maintaining a job or other obligation.

Is Denny's a Home Based franchise?

No. Denny's is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Denny's Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Denny's franchisees make. Denny's offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Is Denny's Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. Denny's franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Denny's Looking for International franchisees?

Yes. Denny's franchise is looking for International franchisees.

Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Denny's Franchises for Sale

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