Two weeks ago, Waffle House® restaurants opened a museum in Avondale Estates, GA. That’s the home of the very first Waffle House, which opened on Labor Day in 1955.
The museum is on the site of the first restaurant, pictured here. (I’ve also posted a photo of Shelby White, who dressed up like an early Waffle House Associate.) The museum celebrates the more than 50 years of Waffle House and shows the first restaurant as it was in 1955.
The story of how the Waffle House began is a great one -- two friends wanted to start a restaurant giving great service. (You can read the full history on the group’s website.)
Founders Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner presided over the ceremonies marking the opening of the museum, an ongoing tribute to their vision. And from the very beginning, Coke has been served in every Waffle House restaurant.
If you’re outside the U.S. and not familiar with the restaurant, Waffle House has more than 1,600 restaurants in 25 states and is the world’s leading server of waffles, T-bone steaks, hashbrowns, USDA Choice hamburgers, patty melts, grits and many more kinds of foods. That’s really amazing!
Waffle House restaurants are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and they’re known for hashbrowns that are “Scattered, Smothered & Covered.” I like mine scattered -- and always with a Coke!
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