BY STACI WILSON
A restaurant franchise well-known for its all-day breakfast offerings like the “Grand Slam” and “Moons Over My Hammy” is making its debut in Susquehanna County.
Following a complete renovation of the former Country Market restaurant area, franchise owner Hardy Gill said Denny’s opened its doors for service Monday in the Flying J Plaza, off I-81 at the New Milford/Gibson exit.
The restaurant is a new local addition to the more than 1,500 franchise locations found nationwide and one of 140 new Denny’s slated to open in Flying J Travel Centers in the next two years as part of the company’s July 1 merger with Pilot Travel Center LLC.
Gill said an official grand opening will take place within the next few weeks but did not have any further details about the event at press time.
In addition to the New Milford location, Gill owns several other Denny’s in Pennsylvania.
The addition of the Denny’s restaurant at the location was part of the Pilot-Flying J merger plans announced in July.
The company is now officially known as Pilot Flying J and is now the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America with 550 locations.
Although the companies have combined, the travel center at the I-81/Gibson exit – as well as the other Flying J centers in the nation – will continue to operate under the Flying J sign.
Likewise, Pilot Travel Centers will continue to remain known to consumers as Pilot.
Flying J., Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Dec. 2008.
After the merger with Pilot in July, Flying J. Inc. announced the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved Flying J’s plan of reorganization that provides for the full repayment of its creditors.