Denny’s CEO Responds to Comments on Affordable Care Act

  Denny’s CEO Responds to Comments on Affordable Care Act

Business Wire

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- November 17, 2012

Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), franchisor and operator of one of
America's largest full-service restaurant chains, today issued the following
statement on behalf of John Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Denny’s:

Comments from an owner of multiple franchises including Denny’s regarding his
plans to offset the expected costs associated with the Affordable Care Act
received considerable media attention in the last 24 hours. While we respect
the decision of an independent business owner to speak out on this or other
topics and express their personal views, his statements do not capture the
respect by Denny’s, the Denny’s Franchisee Association or our franchise
community at large for our hardworking employees or for our valued customers.

Unfortunately, the comments of this franchisee, who represents less than 1% of
our system and who owns restaurants in other concepts, has been portrayed as
reflective of the entire Denny’s Brand. I am confident his perspective is not
shared by the company or hundreds of franchisees/small business owners who
make up the majority of the Denny's community. Specifically, his comments
suggesting that guests might reduce the customary tip provided to their server
as an offset to his proposed surcharge are inconsistent with our values and
approach to business throughout our Brand. Our restaurant team members work
tirelessly day in and day out to create a pleasant dining experience for our
guests and we believe they should be rewarded for providing the good service
we are known for rather than penalized due to legislation. He has since
revised his earlier position.

Denny's franchisee-owned and company restaurants are a vital part of their
communities, providing jobs for local residents and a gathering place where
our guests can come together to enjoy America’s Diner. Collectively we will
continue to monitor the developments of the Affordable Care Act and any other
legislation that may impact our team members, franchisees, employees and
guests and will do the right thing as individuals, as a company and as a

Denny’s prides itself on being an exemplary corporate citizen working to do
right by our franchisees, our guests who support our brand and our employees
who are on the frontlines in our restaurants every day. Denny’s Guiding
Principle, “Embrace Openness”, has led to an extraordinary 63% Minority
Franchised System with company restaurant management exceeding 44% minority
representation. We have been named a top 10 franchisor by Entrepreneur
Magazine for the past several years, finishing first in family dining in 2012,
and we take that honor seriously. Denny’s continuously looks for ways to
support our local communities as well through many national and local programs
such as hunger relief through the “Dine Out for No Kid Hungry” campaigns; the
LULAC National Scholarship Fund; support for the Tom Joyner Foundation
Scholarship programs and Habitat for Humanity to name a few.

About Denny’s

Denny's (NASDAQ: DENN) is the franchisor and operator of one of America's
largest full-service restaurant chains, based on number of units. As of
September 26, 2012, Denny’s had 1,687 franchised, licensed, and company-owned
restaurants across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras,
Guam, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and New Zealand. For further
information on Denny's, including news releases, please visit the Denny's
website at


For Denny’s Corporation
Liz Brady DiTrapano, 646-277-1226
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