8 Colorado Springs-area Denny’s abruptly shut down after franchise owner didn’t pay taxes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Eight Colorado Springs-area Denny’s abruptly shut down Monday night after the owner refused to pay taxes, employees told KRDO.

The impacted restaurants are in Colorado Springs, Fountain, Pueblo, Woodland Park and Burlington. The move left several people unexpectedly unemployed.

“When I got the call from my manager, she was crying. She was very upset … saying that we were closing down for good due to the franchise owner failing to pay the taxes,” former Denny’s employee Victoria Mullen told KRDO.

The owner, Abe Inami, has reportedly left the state.

“He booked for California first thing yesterday morning,” former Denny’s chef Brandon Williams told KRDO.

According to KRDO, the locations that shut down at 10 p.m. on Monday include:

Colorado Springs

  • 1450 Harrison Road
  • 315 W. Bijou St.
  • 302 Academy Blvd North
  • 8125 Academy Blvd North

Fountain

  • 6715 Mesa Ridge Parkway

Pueblo

  • 3600 N. Freeway

Woodland Park

  • 100 Morning Sun Drive

Burlington

  • 415 S. Lincoln St.