Most Free Breakfasts Given Away In One Day

United States Denny's

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, United States / February 3, 2009

The Denny’s restaurant chain gave away 1.7 million free breakfasts in eight hours, a new world record. They served their Grand Slam breakfast (two eggs, two pancakes, two sausages, two strips of bacon) at no charge between the hours of 6 a.m and 2 p.m.

The record was set on February 3, 2009. 1523 restaurants and over 36,000 employees across the United States were involved in making it happen.

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  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Richard, Thanks for challenging us. To follow up on Corey's points: 1. We asked them for a more precise count prior to posting this record, and will do so again this week. 2. All records on the site are currently considered "pending". We're in the midst of building tools that will let the URDB community vote on and verify submissions. It's our belief that such a system will force record setters to submit more accurate data if they want their feats officially recognized. Please keep the comments coming. Critiques like these will help us make the site better.

  • United States Corey Henderson

    Corey Henderson

    Richard, Agreed, the round number is problematic. What we do know is that a huge number of breakfasts were given away. I'm comfortable with the 1523 restaurants participating number. So 1.7M / 1523 = 1116 bkfst/restaurant. They had the promotion running for 8 hours, so 1116/8 = 140 bkfst/hour. Let's say that each restaurant has an average of 20 tables (guessing here), so that'd be 140/20 = 6.9 (my decimals are carrying over from the beginning) bkfst/table/hour which I have to say feels like a totally plausible number. It was pretty widely reported in the media that there were lines all around the country. See Flickr photos here: http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=all&q=denny's+free&m=text Let's hope that whoever tries to beat this record (fingers crossed America) give us a precise count.

  • Who witnessed this? What sort of records were kept to make this verifiable? The number seems a little round to be accurate, and as a result, the record doesn't seem to hold to URDB's professed standards. This seems more like a number publicized by a PR department than measured and verified by a staff of third-party professionals.

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