Denny’s joins the “Pathways” program | Nation Restaurant News


Today, Denny’s announced its commitment to Paths to Black Franchise Ownership program created by Multicultural alliance of restaurants and hotels (MFHA). Denny’s and MFHA have enjoyed a successful 25-year alliance, and as a new partner in Pathways to Black Franchise Ownership, Denny’s will help MFHA achieve its goal of creating 100 black-owned franchises by 2023.

The Pathways to Black Franchising program aims to bring about systemic change and increase the wealth of the Black community by enabling African American entrepreneurs to operate high-performing franchise businesses. Research from the United States Census Bureau and the International Franchise Association shows that African Americans make up only 8% of franchise business owners, and together Denny’s and MFHA will work to close that gap by providing participants with specialized training, coaching, mentoring and other forms of support. support to help them open both individual and/or multi-company franchises. – unitary franchised companies.

Joining Pathways marks another chapter in Denny’s longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Since 1993, Denny’s has invested more than $2 billion in underrepresented suppliers, including hiring minority-owned small business operators and entrepreneurs as consultants.

“At Denny’s, diversity, equity and inclusion are key elements of our business strategy and this includes every part of our organization, from our board of directors to our franchisee association,” said John Miller, CEO from Denny’s. “Our expanded partnership with MFHA will help close the ownership gap for Black business owners and bring new faces and new thinking to Denny’s. We are honored to be able to create more opportunities for Black business owners who are historically underrepresented in the restaurant industry.

“The MFHA is thrilled to welcome Denny’s to the Pathways program,” said Gerry Fernandez, Founder and President of the MFHA. “Together, we can make a lasting impact by helping Black entrepreneurs realize their dream of owning their own restaurant, uplifting their communities, and creating wealth for their families and future generations.”

Pathways to Black Franchise Ownership was launched in 2020 with the goal of creating 100 black-owned franchises by the end of 2023. The MFHA works closely with the National Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) and the International Franchise Association to expand the program.

Businesses and aspiring black entrepreneurs can click here to learn more and register for the Pathways webinar on June 16, 2022.

About Denny’s Corp

Denny’s Corporation is the franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, based on restaurant count. As of March 30, 2022, Denny’s had 1,643 franchised, licensed and corporate restaurants worldwide, including 153 restaurants in Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Philippines, New Zealand, Honduras, United Arab Emirates, in Costa Rica, Guam and Guatemala. , El Salvador, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. For more information about Denny’s, including press releases, please visit the Denny’s website at or the brand’s social channel via Facebook, Twitter, instagram, ICT Tac, LinkedIn Where Youtube.

About Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance

The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) is dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the foodservice, restaurant, and hospitality industry. Founded by Gerry Fernandez in 1996, the MFHA is a premier resource for companies large and small looking to improve DEI in their organization and become culturally competent. The MFHA provides tailored solutions and advice that draws on a wide range of best practices, research, DEI partnerships, and expertise on current and emerging social issues.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the MFHA is also affiliated with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the nonprofit arm of the National Restaurant Association. MFHA members have access to a range of products and services, including workshops, webinars, research, programs, events, and speaking engagements.


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