In a huge blow to students and late night clubbers, the CBD’s most consistently open eatery now closes before midnight. Denny’s correspondent Sam Brooks reports.
Picture this: You’re out late on a Saturday night in Auckland’s thriving (tbc) CBD. You’ve been boogying along the viaduct, hobnobbing on Karangahape Road, or maybe somewhere cooler betwixt the two. You really want a bite to eat, but you’re not in the mood for queueing at McDonald’s or Kebabs on Queen. You want pancakes at 3am, you want to sit down, you maybe even want a Coke float. So you go to the CBD stalwart: Denny’s.
And for the first time in your memory, it’s closed. There’s a sign on the door that says “Denny’s Auckland CBD Restaurant will now be operating from 7am to 11pm due to current staffing shortages. This stores [sic] will no longer be operating 24/7 ‘til further notice. You can still get your Denny’s fix and all your favourites with our new revised hours.”
That’s right. The one constant of the ever-shifting CBD, the bastion light in a foggy darkness, is no longer open 24 hours a day. And it hasn’t been for quite a while.
On February 27, Denny’s posted an identical message to their Facebook page, informing “friends and family” that the Auckland CBD and the Manukau restaurants would only be operating from 7am-11pm due to staffing shortages, a familiar hospitality phrase in the Covid era. Denny’s Christchurch suffered the same fate early in April. For a…