Advantica Restaurant Group, Inc. (OTC BB: DINE) yesterday reported same-store sales for company-owned restaurants during the five-week period and quarter ended September 26, 2001, compared with the same periods in fiscal year 2000.

                            Five Weeks        13 Weeks
Sept. 2001 Q3-2001
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Same-Store Sales
Denny’s 0.4% 3.2%
Coco’s (4.5%) (4.9%)
Carrows 3.1% 2.1%

Guest Check Average
Denny’s 1.7% 1.2%
Coco’s 5.4% 4.1%
Carrows 5.6% 4.0%


Starting in late August and continuing through the first half of September guest counts softened as Denny’s ended its summer promotion. The tragic events of September 11th further impacted sales as guest counts decreased by approximately 3.5% during the second half of September.

Included below are the Company’s restaurant counts at the end of September, compared with year end 2000.

Restaurant Units                  9/26/01     12/27/00
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Denny’s
Company-owned 638 736
Franchised 1,124 1,067
Licensed 14 19
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1,776 1,822

Discontinued Operations:
Coco’s
Company-owned 141 144
Franchised 38 35
Licensed 300 302
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479 481
Carrows
Company-owned 113 114
Franchised 29 27
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142 141

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Advantica Restaurant Group, Inc. is one of the largest restaurant companies in the United States, operating approximately 2,400 moderately priced restaurants in the mid-scale dining segment. Advantica owns and operates the Denny’s, Coco’s and Carrows restaurant brands. For further information on the Company, including news releases, links to SEC filings and other financial information, please visit Advantica’s website at www.advantica-dine.com.