Canada’s iconic diner, Denny’s, has suffered from years of menu expansion making it hard for dinners to decide what to choose. Rather than simply culling their menu, Denny’s put its dishes to the test to consult with diners on which dishes should pass the test by inviting guests to tell them what they really think.
The menu at Denny’s is so expansive that it’s almost like a book filled with pages of delicious food. To make their menu more digestible and shorter to read, Denny’s wanted to remove the lesser-known items and add some new dishes to their already iconic menu. Rather than a simple update, Denny’s wanted to make some noise about the changes and put the future of its menu directly in the hands of the people who make Denny’s so great—their guests. Introducing Denny’s Test Kitchen: An exciting invitation for the most discerning palates to try out new dishes and influence which ones become permanent features on the new menu.
Our campaign tapped into the universal insight “Everyone’s a critic.” From kids to adults, parents, and grandparents, everyone has their own opinion on what tastes good and what food makes you come back for more. Denny’s is famous for offering something for everyone, so we decided to put that to the test with a campaign that proves it with both new and legendary dishes.
The awareness campaign puts Denny’s guests on the judge’s panel and in a position of power. Featuring the faces of its many fans approving or disapproving of different dishes in a lighthearted and spirited tone that grabs attention and invites participation. Interior and exterior signage, branding and social round out the campaign and invite guests to put the Test Kitchen menu to the test.
This professional campaign titled 'Critics' was published in Canada in April, 2023. It was created for the brand: Denny's, by ad agency: Full Punch. This Direct, Outdoor, and Print media campaign is related to the Food and Hospitality, Tourism industries and contains 7 media assets. It was submitted 5 months ago by Partner, President: Mike Leslie of Full Punch.
Agency: Full Punch
Founding Partner, Head of Creative: Chris Zawada
Associate Creative Director: Trista Capitano
Senior Art Director: Trista Capitano
Copywriter: Naomi Warren
Senior Copywriter: Nick Brouard
Founding Partner, Head of Strategy: Jack Dayan
Group Brand Director: Ben Turner
Brand Manager: Ruth Hurley
Producer: Rosie Le Friec, Leah Fladgate
Photography: Clinton Hussey
Retouching: Cake Imagery