Planner: No plans for restaurant rejected by city.Plans to build a Denny’s Restaurant in Silver City are still in the preliminary stages, according to the Silver City Planner Jaime Embick.
Residents of Silver City may be eating Grand Slams at Denny’s in the future, but when the grand opening of the restaurant will be held is anyone’s guess. Embick confirmed on Thursday that the restaurant chain has submitted preliminary plans to locate a Denny’s on the site of the now defunct Red Barn.
“We’re at the very preliminary stages of the process,” Planner Jaime Embick said on Thursday. “They haven’t even chosen engineers yet, and we’ve just had one preliminary meeting with them.”
Rumors were circulating last week that the city had denied the restaurant’s initial plans, but that is not true, Embick said. “We don’t want people to think that the city is blocking anything,” she said. No plans for a Denny’s have been rejected by the city, Embick added, because the city has yet to see any plans.
“They have submitted one rough draft, but it was not engineered or anything,” Embick said. The firm planning on building the Denny’s has been calling asking what land use codes to look at, however.
Embick said she did not have the name of the developer who is proposing the new restaurant. Calls and emails to Denny’s corporate headquarters were not returned by press time.
The Denny’s Restaurant chain started in 1953 when Harold Butler and Richard Jezak opened a donut stand called Danny’s Donuts, according to the corporate website, Dennys.com. The chain was renamed Danny’s Coffee Shops in 1956, then in 1959, to avoid confusion with the Los Angeles restaurant Coffee Dan’s, Butler changed the name from Danny’s Coffee Shops to Denny’s Coffee Shops.
Today there are Denny’s Restaurants in over 1,700 locations.
The new restaurant would not necessarily have to come before the town’s Planning Commission for approval, Embick said, since the restaurant would be regular commercial development.
“The Planning Commission would not have to approve anything because the parcel is already zoned commercial, and it already has a restaurant on it,” she said.
Embick said that depending on the final plans for the restaurant, the Planning Commission could possibly have to approve any needed adjustment in land use. Likewise, if the restaurant was seeking a liquor license, that would also have to be approved, but that is not likely with a Denny’s.
“But that parcel is already commercially zoned so restaurant fine there,” Embick said.
With big commercial projects, typically there is a lot of work building up to the construction, she said. It is too early to predict a timeframe for the opening of the restaurant, though.
“It will be like the Tractor Supply,” Embick said. “You hear about it forever then, boom, there it is.”