Rumors have been flying about the fate of the former Denny’s restaurant on Wabash Avenue after the social media site 217 Memes posted last week that a Whataburger would be opening at that location, citing unnamed sources. However, Whataburger’s corporate office later commented on the post with this statement:

“This post is a hoax and is not real. We do not currently have plans to expand to Springfield. We want all Whataburger’s amazing fans to know we’re always looking for new opportunities and will pass along your passionate suggestions to our real estate team.”

The Denny’s at the corner of Wabash and Veterans closed unexpectedly on New Year’s Day due to mechanical issues, although it was already scheduled to close later in January. In an interview with the State Journal-Register, franchise owner Michael Mack stated that Simon Property Group had refused to allow him to sign a long-term lease extension, which he wanted to have in place before renovating the building.

Simon Property Group, which also operates White Oaks Mall, has not indicated what they plan to do with the former Denny’s property.

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