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After More Than 50 Years, Denny's Ends Its Run In San Diego's Pacific Beach

November 23, 2019

Following an alleged arson in October of last year, the 53-year-old Denny's in Pacific Beach shuttered with promises of a future reopening, but that is not happening. All signage has been pulled from the building and a representative from the Denny's parent corporation has confirmed it will not be returning to the corner of Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard.

Opened in 1966 a block from the ocean in Pacific Beach, Denny's has been closed since a kitchen fire on October 26, 2018, caused extensive damage. Fire professionals suspected the fire of being arson, and it resulted in an estimated $700,000 in damages to the structure with an additional $150,000 in loss of contents. No injuries resulted from the fire and no arrests have been made. Franchisee Jeff Jones, who owned the business for the past five years, hoped to reopen the national chain after a remodel, being it was one of the highest performing locations in the country. It appears Jones could not work out a lease with the building's owner Carlsbad-based Covey Commercial, and after noticing all signage was pulled last week, we reached out to a representative of Denny's parent corporation who confirmed the Pacific Beach location would not be reopening.

We reached out to Covey Commercial several times to find out more information about its plans for the standalone building at 800 Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach, but they did not return phone calls or emails.