Grand Slam promotion: Over 900 take advantage of free breakfast at local Denny's

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By Stephen Thomas

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Normally a grand slam causes a stir during the World Series, not the Super Bowl.


Because of a nationally televised commercial during the third quarter of the Super Bowl XLIII broadcast, Bullitt Countians almost tackled the Shepherdsville Denny’s Restaurant.

The commercial announced that all Denny’s locations nationwide would offer a free Grand Slam breakfast the Tuesday following the game from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The offer included the Bullitt County location, which remained crowded during those hours last Tuesday.

“We’ve been packed since 5:30 a.m.” said Denny’s assistant manager Barbara Riker. “It never let up.”

The Shepherdsville Denny’s location has a maximum seating capacity of 102 patrons. They used every bit of it throughout the morning.

Riker said the restaurant was ready for the rush, with plenty of food ordered in advance. Each location received the news about 10 days prior, she mentioned.

“We were prepared, especially after the storm,” Riker said of recent severe winter weather. “The week before, nobody had anywhere to eat.”

There was no illegal motion allowed: Denny’s patrons signed a waiting list for tables or spots at the counter. An average wait lasted about 20 to 30 minutes, Riker said.

Anyone on the list by 2 p.m. but not seated received a rain check.

“Everyone was taken care of,” Riker said.

The free Grand Slam breakfast consisted of two eggs made to order, two pancakes, two bacon slices and two sausage links. Patrons paid only for drinks.

“Very few did not get the Grand Slam,” Riker said of the Tuesday patrons.

Among the receivers of the free meals were Shepherdsville resident Ron Bradshaw, daughter Justie Wingfeld and grandson Emery. The family admitted to being regular Denny’s customers.

“We just ate here on Saturday,” Bradshaw said.

Both Bradshaw and Wingfeld saw the Denny’s commercial during the broadcast.

“We were watching the Super Bowl on a six-inch black and white portable television,” Bradshaw said. “Our power was still out.”

Wingfeld said she called her father the night before, suggesting they meet at Denny’s for the meal. She said they waited over 20 minutes to be seated.

“It was worth the wait,” she added.

Waitress Sandy Beanblossom brought the free food to the family. Beanblossom worked the entire morning. Despite roughing the waitress, she still had a smile on her face by the end of the day.

“It’s been fun,” she said. “People have been tipping well.”

Final reports showed that the Shepherdsville Denny’s location served 901 Grand Slam breakfasts during the event.

Despite the unusual promo, patrons were served their meals in a regular-sized plate... not a super bowl.