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Denny’s near UNM to close, upsetting customers, ‘Breaking Bad’ fans

Denny's on Central via Google street view

Denny’s on Central via Google street view

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The owner of the Denny’s across from University of New Mexico said customers wanted him to build a new restaurant.

They’re about to get it — but it’s two miles away from the current location and it won’t have the Walter White magic.

The Denny’s at 2608 Central SE — which was featured fairly prominently in “Breaking Bad” — will close on Thanksgiving afternoon, franchisee Sham Asnani told the Journal this week. His new location near the Gibson/University intersection will open on Dec. 14, he said.

He said patrons suggested a new restaurant and that he hadn’t heard many complaints about the move.

“Customers wanted us to build a new Denny’s; that’s what the comments were,” he said.

He referred all other questions to Denny’s corporate.

Messages to the corporate office were not immediately returned.

Not everyone is pleased, though.

Frequent customer William Birkley, 67, said it’s a neighborhood institution used by students and seniors alike.

“The problem is this one has been in the community for 25 years; the back room is used by church groups, students use it as study area, old people go there for dinner, breakfast and lunch — like me,” Birkley said. “It’s a community asset and it’s just horrible that they’re closing it.”

Jackie Sandoval, who owns Breaking Bad RV Tours with husband Frank, said Denny’s has been part of its tours since the company started in April. She said her husband has even asked management to keep it open but was told it was a corporate decision.

“I know a lot of fans are truly heartbroken over (the closure),” she said. “It’s crazy.”

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