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Downtown luxury condo residents recoil at Denny’s lease in their building

March 26, 2013 11:30AM

Updated, 3:32 p.m., April 10: Denny’s is going upscale with its newest location, DNAinfo reported.

The national restaurant chain, known for always being open, will soon open in the base of a luxury condominium building across from City Hall, infuriating locals.

Last year, Denny’s signed lease with with the Babaev Group for space on the ground floor of the company’s 23-story tower at 150 Nassau Street. Now, though, the building’s wealthy residents are angry that the “low-class” eatery is putting on airs.

“We certainly do not want a Denny’s in this building,” an unidentified resident told DNAInfo. “Maybe a high-end coffee shop or a restaurant, but not a Denny’s — people who live here are definitely angry about it.”

Denny’s is attempting to assuage its angry neighbors by serving beer and wine at the its new location, but the possibility that the restaurant could stay open 24 hours and attract Pace University students with its cheap food and drinks is only fueling the fury.

“I have two young children and this is a quiet, family place,” a resident said. “A landmarked building is not the right home for a Denny’s.”

And Michael Marton, president of the neighboring condo board at 140 Nassau, said: “I have no problem with Denny’s, I just don’t think a 24-hour restaurant should open on a very quiet, residential street.” [DNAInfo]Christopher Cameron