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Denny's new CEO airs her priorities

Included on Kelli Valade's list is a "doubling down" on workers' mental health benefits, as well as getting more units open 24/7.


Denny's hires Sherri Landry as CMO

The longtime industry veteran will move over from Chuck E. Cheese's parent company at the end of the month.

Just more than half of the family-dining chain’s restaurants are open all night and executives are taking steps to get Denny’s back to being a 24-hour diner.

The average U.S. restaurant is open 6.4 fewer hours a week because of the inability to find workers, according to a study from Datassential.

Concept President David Schmidt speaks with Restaurant Business about his plans. But first, maybe a cheese steak omelet?

The company's two brands each get new presidents. Dillon has been with Denny's for 15 years, while Schmidt comes to Keke's from Red Lobster.

The diner chain, which earlier this year said it was easing up on value, is embracing it again amid a difficult economy.

The company has a new CEO in Kelli Valade and a new brand in Keke’s that it’s betting will help it accelerate growth for years to come.

The former Red Lobster leader will take over for CEO John Miller and President Mark Wolfinger, who are both retiring. Denny's also announced plans to acquire Keke's Breakfast Cafe for $82.5 million.

Half of the chain’s restaurants have returned to around-the-clock service, and those stores are performing well. But it’s unclear when the rest will get there.

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