Second location on Grandview Boulevard remains open
Waukesha residents have one fewer dining option after the abrupt closure of one of two Denny's locations in the city.
The Denny's restaurant in the Fox Run Shopping Center, 2300 W. St. Paul Ave., shuttered suddenly earlier this week. A sign on the restaurant's door thanked customers for supporting the business and encouraged them to patronize the city's other Denny's location at 2801 N. Grandview Blvd.
A reason for the closure was not immediately apparent. A call to the restaurant, known for serving all-day breakfast specials, went unanswered Tuesday morning, Nov. 22.
Some lights were on inside the restaurant when a reporter stopped by early Tuesday, and a van was parked near a door on the north side of the building. But the restaurant appeared vacant, and the parking lot immediately adjacent was empty.
Denny's was part of the original, southern portion of the Fox Run development -- comprised now only a Sentry Foods and Chase Bank branch -- that has been in decline for years. City planning staff have said that the 11.5-acre site has decreased in value from around $4.2 million in 2011 to just more than $2.7 million as of last July.
The original Fox Run Shopping Center went into foreclosure in 2014. Those tenants don't include the Kohl's Department Store and adjacent shops in the newer part of the center, on the north side of the property, which is under separate ownership.
Tenants at the original site once included Tru Value, an Associated Bank branch, a dry-cleaner and a hair salon and a Bannercraft store, according to city staff.