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Oak Lawn Denny’s celebrates makeover with giveaway

The newly remodeled Denny's restaurant 9217 S. Cicero Ave. Oak Lawn reopened Thursday after being closed for 10 days for

The newly remodeled Denny's restaurant at 9217 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn, reopened Thursday after being closed for 10 days for renovations. The restaurant gave away 100 free Grand Slam breakfasts to mark the occasion. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media

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New look. Same good food.

Those were the reviews from several diners who on Thursday morning visited the remodeled Denny’s restaurant at 9217 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn, for its grand reopening celebration.

The restaurant had been closed for 10 days for interior remodeling, manager Jesus Aguirre said.

Judging by the reactions of those who visited, the remodeling was a success, with new flooring, lighting and other decorative touches.

Of course, some of the reviews may have been influenced by the generosity of Denny’s. To celebrate the new look, Denny’s announced it was giving away 100 free Grand Slam breakfasts starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aguirre said.

When 9 a.m. rolled around, there already were about 50 hungry people in line, eager to collect.

“There were 50 at first and then the rest came in. We gave out 100. We passed out coupons to people in line,” Aguirre said.

Blueberry pancakes were on the menu for Alfreda and Victor Bates, of Chicago’s South Side.

“The changes look nice, and the food was good,” Victor said.

“It’s always clean in there and the food is always good,” Alfreda said, chiming in as they were leaving the restaurant.

Waiting for a table about 10 a.m. was Vladimir Lopez.

“It looks good. It didn’t change too much, but it looks good. I like the rails by the tables, the flooring and the new lights,” said Lopez, of the Scottsdale neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

Antoine Johnson and Sandra Patrick, of Chicago’s Ashburn community, enjoyed a build-your-own Grand Slam and Belgian waffles.

“The food was pretty good,” Johnson said.

Aguirre has been the manager for three years. The restaurant has 40 employees and is open around the clock, he said.

If diners missed the free breakfast, they were able to spin a wheel near the cash register for chances to win other prizes such as free lunches and dinners.

Denny’s has been at the location for nearly 40 years, according to a press release from the company. Seventy percent of Denny’s restaurants nationwide are scheduled to be remodeled by 2018, the release said.



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