A Denny’s restaurant is slated to open later this year at the former Ruby Tuesday building in Biddeford. JOURNAL TRIBUNE file photo

BIDDEFORD — Denny’s fans will have to wait a little longer to order a Grand Slam breakfast, as plans to open the restaurant have been delayed.

Plans have been in the works for more than six months to open a Denny’s restaurant at 45 Boulder Way. The building is the site of a former Ruby Tuesday restaurant and has been vacant since August 2016.

Earlier this year, a spokesman from the diner chain said the restaurant was expected to open in May or June, however the opening date has been postponed.

Spokesman Paul Spencer said in an email on Thursday there is no exact opening date, but the company expects to open the restaurant in the third quarter, sometime between July and September.

A Facebook page for the upcoming restaurant has been created and earlier this week there was a post advertising for cooks, hosts, servers and dishwashers.

The building where the restaurant will be located is about 5,000 square feet, according to a former real estate posting. It is located at Mailhot Plaza, close to the Walmart Supercenter and a short distance away from the Biddeford Crossing shopping center.


Denny’s currently has restaurants in Maine in Portland, Auburn, Bangor, Ellsworth and Augusta.

Denny’s began as Danny’s Doughnuts in Lakewood, California, in 1953, and later evolved to Denny’s. Today, the restaurant chain is headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with more than 1,700 restaurant locations worldwide.

Denny’s is known for its hearty diner food served 24 hours a day. Signature items include a number of “Slams,” breakfast combination meals that typically include eggs, meat and pancakes or waffles. The restaurant also has a “Fit Fare” menu with items that include an egg white and vegetable omelets.

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be reached at 780-9015 or by email at egotthelf@journaltribune.com.

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