Washtenaw Ave. has bid farewell to two chain spots, one venerable and one relatively new.

Denny’s closed in late March, a representative of the restaurant told MLive. 

The all-day diner, known for its Grand Slam breakfasts, opened in the late 1970s and underwent at least two extensive renovations, one in 2005 and the most recent in 2013.

A decade ago, Denny’s was open twenty-four hours, and had more than thirty employees. By the time it closed, the restaurant was operating most days from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

A few blocks east, Blaze Pizza’s Washtenaw location closed suddenly in April. Blaze did not respond to a request for comment, and the phone number forwards to a Blaze store in Arkansas. But a sign in the front window points customers to a more convenient alternative: the Blaze on Eisenhower Pkwy. remains open.

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