Denny’s closes 7 restaurants in Central New York

The franchisee that operates seven Central New York Denny’s Restaurants is closing them permanently, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The shutdown of the seven restaurants will result in the layoff of 240 employees, the franchise owner, Feast American Diners, told the New York State Department of Labor.

The restaurants, and the total number of laid-off employees at each, are:

  • 6591 Thompson Road, Syracuse, NY 13206 (36 affected employees)
  • 201 Lawrence Road E., Mattydale (34 affected employees)
  • 103 Elwood Davis Road, Liverpool (39 affected employees)
  • 3414 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt (36 affected employees)
  • 176 Grant Ave., Auburn (30 affected employees)
  • 5300 W. Genesee St., Camillus (34 affected employees)
  • 7873 Brewerton Rd., Cicero (31 affected employees)

The reason for the closings is “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by Covid-19,” according to the filing, called a WARN notice.

The restaurants all have been closed since March 20, according to the Labor Department notice. The workers were laid off March 17, the day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a shutdown of all restaurants for on-premises dining. The restaurants do not appear to have tried the take-out only model of operation, as many others have done.

Feast American Diners, headquartered in Gilbert, Arizona, also closed restaurants it operated in other parts of Upstate New York, including Watertown, the Rochester suburb of Victor, and the Southern Tier towns of Horseheads and Painted Post.

A group of fans and employees of Denny’s have filed a petition at change.org urging that the restaurants that have closed across the country reopen.

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