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October 20, 1990 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that has stunned its 500-member work force, Denny's Inc. has decided to close its corporate headquarters in Irvine and consolidate operations into its parent company in Spartanburg, S.C. The relocation will mean the elimination of about 400 jobs in Southern California. Many Denny's workers will face a difficult dilemma: deciding whether to move nearly 3,000 miles to begin a new life or face finding a new job in a slumping economy.
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December 27, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Denny's Corp., a restaurant chain targeted in racial discrimination lawsuits in recent years, named former PepsiCo Inc. executive Louis Laguardia to the new position of vice president for talent acquisition and diversity. Laguardia was vice president of staffing and diversity for PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America. He has more than 25 years of experience in human resources, diversity and general management, Spartanburg, S.C.-based Denny's said in a statement.
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NEWS
May 25, 1994 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. government officials and civil rights advocates, hailing a "new partnership" dedicated to weeding out racism in commercial establishments, announced a record $54.4-million discrimination settlement with the Denny's restaurant chain Tuesday. The settlement, which earmarks $28 million for victims of discrimination at California Denny's restaurants, closes the book on two class-action lawsuits that became a modern version of the lunch-counter protests of the civil rights movement's early days.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Denny's Corp., a chain of more than 1,500 family restaurants worldwide, said it planned to eliminate trans fats from its menu items as early as the first half of 2007. The plan includes changing frying oil and margarine used in food preparation, and working with food manufacturers, the Spartanburg, S.C.-based company said. Restaurants including Taco Bell Corp. and KFC, both units of Yum Brands Inc., have said they would eliminate trans fats. Burger King Holdings Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1994 | SANDRA HERNANDEZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Donald J. Bohana appeared destined for success when he began serving soul food and wooing customers to Denny's "N" the 'Hood in the Watts-Willowbrook area. But nearly two years after the nation's first black-owned Denny's opened, corporate officials of the restaurant chain have taken over the eatery from Bohana.
NEWS
May 25, 1994 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. government officials and civil rights advocates, hailing a "new partnership" dedicated to weeding out racism in commercial establishments, announced a record $54.4-million discrimination settlement with the Denny's restaurant chain Tuesday. The settlement, which earmarks $28 million for victims of discrimination at California Denny's restaurants, closes the book on two class-action lawsuits that became a modern version of the lunch-counter protests of the civil rights movement's early days.
NEWS
January 8, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Denny's restaurants suspended the manager of an outlet in Miami on Wednesday after a group of six black and three white prison officers said he refused to serve them and told them: "You guys don't look right together." The restaurant chain said the manager will be fired if an independent investigation finds him guilty of racial discrimination.
NEWS
March 25, 1993 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Denny's restaurants were accused Wednesday in a federal class-action lawsuit of imposing cover charges on black patrons, forcing them to pay in advance and other acts of discrimination. The suit charged that Denny's also had refused service to some African-Americans, subjected them to derogatory remarks and refused to honor their requests for its free "birthday meal" offer.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2000 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Irvine-based Coco's and Carrows chains will be put up for sale so their parent company can focus on its more profitable Denny's restaurants. Advantica Restaurant Group Inc. on Thursday also reported deep losses for the fourth quarter and the year and said it is laying off 90 employees--about 20% of its work force--at its headquarters in Spartanburg, S.C. Advantica bought Coco's and Carrows in 1996 for $306 million.
BUSINESS
September 24, 1999 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a time when Long Beach resident Mark Niggle wouldn't eat at a Mimi's Cafe, no matter how much he liked the food. The problem: The restaurant's decor was just too feminine. "The first time my girlfriend brought me in here, I laughed because it was so girlie, kind of frilly," the tattooed 23-year-old said after eating lunch at Mimi's Costa Mesa eatery on a recent weekday afternoon. But no more.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The federal government sued Denny's restaurants, alleging that a manager who had a leg amputated was wrongly fired because her superiors believed she posed a safety risk. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the class-action suit accusing Denny's of discriminating against a manager at a restaurant in the Baltimore suburb of Fullerton and other, unnamed employees. The suit seeks a court order requiring Denny's Inc.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Denny's Corp. said Tuesday that it had agreed to pay $7.75 million to former California employees to settle a lawsuit that alleged that the restaurant chain failed to pay them for unused vacation time. The company, based in Spartanburg, S.C., was sued by the California Department of Industrial Relations in September 2002 over alleged violations of state law regarding payment of accrued vacation upon termination of employment. Denny's will pay installments of $3.5 million on Nov. 30 and about $4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2001 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County family has filed a $10-million lawsuit against Denny's, accusing the restaurant chain of racial discrimination for refusing to serve them in Torrance. The lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court comes as Advantica Restaurant Group Inc., Denny's parent company, has received widespread recognition for an unprecedented corporate make-over to erase a negative image nationally that the company routinely discriminates against minorities.
NEWS
March 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
Two black Notre Dame students arrested by off-duty police officers working security at a local Denny's said Wednesday the incident was racially motivated and they were manhandled by the cops. Tiffany Johnson said an officer used pepper spray on her while she was handcuffed in the back of a closed squad car, and April Allen said a third woman arrested had her nose bloodied when an officer slammed the woman's head into a trunk. The freshmen were arrested along with two other friends early Feb.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2000 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Irvine-based Coco's and Carrows chains will be put up for sale so their parent company can focus on its more profitable Denny's restaurants. Advantica Restaurant Group Inc. on Thursday also reported deep losses for the fourth quarter and the year and said it is laying off 90 employees--about 20% of its work force--at its headquarters in Spartanburg, S.C. Advantica bought Coco's and Carrows in 1996 for $306 million.
BUSINESS
September 24, 1999 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a time when Long Beach resident Mark Niggle wouldn't eat at a Mimi's Cafe, no matter how much he liked the food. The problem: The restaurant's decor was just too feminine. "The first time my girlfriend brought me in here, I laughed because it was so girlie, kind of frilly," the tattooed 23-year-old said after eating lunch at Mimi's Costa Mesa eatery on a recent weekday afternoon. But no more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sporting broad smiles and clutching their morning newspapers, two men pushed open a pair of restaurant doors at 6:10 a.m. Monday and uttered words that have not been heard in this part of town for 27 years. "Two for breakfast, please. We'll take a no-smoking booth," said Carl Henderson as he and his friend Robert Edwards made history by being the first customers of the first large, family-style restaurant to open in Watts since the 1965 riots. The order of the day?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 1992 | KATHIE JENKINS
Last year, when Donald J. Bohana talked of building a Denny's in the Kenneth Hahn Shopping Plaza, he referred to the shopping center as possibly the most secure mall in Los Angeles. Until last week, Bohana didn't know how right he was. The 5,000-square-foot Denny's, which will be the first family-style, sit-down restaurant to open in the Watts-Willowbrook area since the Watts riots of 1965, was under construction when rioting broke out April 29.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1999 | JULIE HA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After preservationists and local residents lodged noisy protests over the weekend, the corporation that owns a distinctive Denny's in Arcadia announced Monday that it will keep the restaurant's towering windmill intact. The unofficial city landmark, along historic Route 66, had faced demolition next week as part of Denny's plans to remodel all of its restaurants in 1950s retro style.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1999 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A threadbare scrap of land in Watts could soon become home to a Denny's restaurant and mini-mall, which backers say could supply the long-suffering community with more than 100 new jobs and help challenge the area's negative image. It will be the second Denny's to serve Watts, an area that has struggled to recover from the 1965 riots and whose dearth of restaurants is a long-standing local grievance.
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