Regular patrons to the Denny’s on Highway 17 in Richmond Hill may be wondering if the diner’s doors will reopen.
A sign posted to each entrance reads in part, “Sorry for the inconvenience. Due to renovations we will be closed for the next 48 hours.”
That was posted several weeks ago.
According to Bruce Webber, human resources manager for RREMC restaurants in West Palm Beach, which operates the Richmond Hill Denny’s, things have taken a little longer than expected with the interior renovation.
But there’s good news ahead.
“We’re taking it one day at a time, but we hope to have it open in the next couple of weeks,” he said.
Customers will notice improvements to the ceiling, flooring and HVAC system, Webber said. When renovations began, the diner had hoped not to have to close temporarily, but as time went on, it made better sense to complete the work with no staff and customers present.
And speaking of staff, Webber said the approximately 30 employees were offered, and some accepted, temporary work at the Exit 94 Denny’s up the road. “We tried to work with everyone and take care of them,” Webber added.
The Richmond Hill Denny’s, in its present incarnation of the 1950s-era diner style, has been at that location since late 2014, Webber said. A fire, in 2010, destroyed the original building.