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Denny's coming to Durham Southpoint Area

For anyone that really gives a hoot, apparently who ever the powers that be are couldn't think of anything better to do with a retail spot than to put a Denny's in it. Going into the shopping center at the corner of 751 and 54 where Which Wich and Blue Sky Oil and Vinegar and Chargrill are.

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  1. Last time I ate at Denny's I marveled at their ability to suck the flavor out of everything including bacon.

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    1. re: chazzer

      "Last time I ate at Denny's I marveled at their ability to suck the flavor out of everything including bacon."

      Funny line. Comedy Gold!!

    2. Maybe they wiil but an Olive Garden right beside it!

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      1. re: mollybelle

        No place for an Olive Garden. There is enough craptastic food around the mall area we don't need more.

        1. Are there enough bars nearby to keep it in business?

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          1. re: LBD

            The Waffle House on 54 and the one on 55 do alright. I imagine they are expecting a lot of traffic from the interstate.

            1. re: mpjmph

              Yes but the Waffle House actually will get your food to you within 60 mins.

            1. re: durhamois

              Yeah...Its horrendous, but remember It could have been a Golden Coral.

            2. Note: This Denny's is being built in the Woodcroft area, not the Southpoint area. Anyway, I might have to drive past it everyday on my way to work, but I will never darken the doorway of that damn Denny's.

              I really hope that the (hopefully meager) traffic it draws from the interstate doesn't make that intersection of 54 and 751 worse.

              Further, I hope it goes out of business post-haste.

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              1. re: ToothTooth

                Glad you said it and not me ;-) Well I don't differentiate too much from the Southpoint/Woodcroft area since the spread of consumerism from Southpoint is swallowing everything anyways. In any case, I gave a fair description of where it is going. Separately the worst part of that intersection is really the next light by the CVS.

                Personally, I'd like an honest to goodness bakery to go there.

                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                  Every time I drive through there I curse the planners that didn't require realignment of the intersection as the various centers were built.

                  1. re: mpjmph

                    Totally confusing intersection. Won't bother commenting on the Denny's. Never been to one.

              2. I'm going to come to the defense of Denny's, although it's been ages since I've eaten at one.

                I know those of us on this board appreciate and like to talk about good (great!) food. But, there is a place in the world for every sort of dining experience. When I travel, especially to way-out-of-the-way spots, I occasionally have to eat in places like Denny's (Applebees, Subway, etc, etc). Yes, I'd prefer to have better food and better dining experience. But, I always see families in these places, families where being able to have a meal out is a special experience, maybe a once-a-week or month experience, and these restaurants are at the right price point for the family.

                I'm happy for Denny's to be able to provide another place for families to share a meal with one another. I'm happy Denny's is opening to provide some jobs for the area. I'm happy to see any restaurant suceed. (And, I'm just curious....an earlier poster wished Denny's would go out of business as soon as possible. Why would we wish bad things on anyone?)

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                1. re: wintersummer

                  I'm surprised that, given the concentration of college students in the Triangle that we don't already have a Denny's or three. I remember, many moons ago, if it was 3 a.m. and one was... ahem...rather hungry, Denny's was the only place within easy reach that was open 24 hours.

                  1. re: Remsleep

                    Chapel Hill has Time Out for that.

                    1. re: wintersummer

                      I will always have a soft spot for Denny's. There is a time and a place for everything. Denny's was there at a time and place that made a huge difference for me.

                      I had driven to central Ohio for a New Years Eve wedding and arrived as a blizzard began. I just followed the tail lights of the semi-truck in front of me and hoped I wouldn't become one of the dozens of cars stranded in snow banks. Fortunately my hotel was at the foot of the exit and I arrived safely.

                      The next morning I opened the door to snow mid-thigh high. The parking lot had not been plowed. Even the interstate was silent. The hotel clerk was unconcerned, unhelpful and useless about the situation. I spotted a Denny's a block away - the only place which appeared open. I layered every stitch of clothing I had and started to trudge my way there.

                      Minutes before I arrived the sign turned off and the restaurant went dark. I knocked on the locked door anyhow and a kindly waitress opened up. They had closed since the next shift could not safely arrive due to road closures.

                      Once I explained my situation and said I was happy to buy any leftover breakfast meats, biscuits, pie, etc. and whatever coffee was still available she told me to have a seat.

                      10 minutes later they sent me back with a thermos carafe (to be returned later) of fresh coffee, bags of biscuits, toast & muffins, 1/3rd of a chocolate pie, crackers and cheese, apples and bananas. They also gave me packets of half and half,sugar, mayo, mustard, butter and jam, a box of bacon, ham, and sausage and another box of just made scrambled eggs. Plenty of disposable cutlery too!

                      They wouldn't take a cent.

                      Their generosity really made my snowed in stay a much more pleasant experience. A cold scrambled egg and ham sandwich can be a pretty delicious thing!