Waffle House’s roots run deep in metro Atlanta, so deep that a
historical marker is being ordered up along with pecan waffles, grits,
eggs, bacon, hash browns and orange juice to commemorate the first one
built nearly six decades ago.
The Georgia Historical Society will place a marker at the site of the
first Waffle House on East College Avenue near Avondale Estates on
Sept. 8. The chain, which has grown to 1,600 locations nationwide, was
started by Avondale Estates neighbors Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner in
“In the beginning, we thought we would open about 10 locations and
then go fishing,” Rogers said in a statement from the historical
Since its opening, waitresses at the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week
restaurant have greeted many a late-night visitor with “What can I get
for ya, hon’?” before firing off a rapid succession of orders to a cook
who is already flipping, chopping, pressing, scraping and scooping up
food from a large sizzling surface to slide onto plates.
The original building is now a museum at 2719 E. College Ave., which
is where the marker will be erected. But if you have a craving for
something scattered, smothered and covered after visiting the museum,
you’ll find the chain’s trademark black and yellow sign just up the
street at 2850 E. College Ave.
What’s your most memorable Waffle House experience?