“People love to come and brag about their own Waffle House,” said Pat Warner, the company’s director of public relations and external affairs. “We’ve adapted the tagline that ‘it’s not a tour, it’s a pilgrimage.’”
Guests can book the museum for private events; it’s been the scene of high school reunions and even a rehearsal dinner. While the kitchen isn’t operational, visitors can still re-create an authentic Waffle House experience with a food truck or by ordering catering.
The other half of the Waffle House Museum features memorabilia, including previous versions of uniforms. JANANI P. RAMMOHAN / JANANI.RAMMOHAN@AJC.COM
Museumgoers who are interested in more of the history and culture can visit the other half of the building, which houses Waffle House memorabilia. The walls are lined with shelves displaying special-edition pins, earlier versions of cutlery and uniforms, and a working jukebox.
Other than a life-size photo of the founders behind a restaurant counter, there are few pictures. Warner said that Rogers and Forkner never expected the restaurant chain to become so large, so they didn’t bother.
“They always say they thought they’d open 10 and then go fishing,” he said.
<span class="w8qArf">WAFFLE HOUSE MUSEUM</span>
<span class="LrzXr">Free. 2719 E College Ave., Avondale Estates. 770-326-7086, wafflehouse.com/waffle-house-museum/. Tours are available by appointment <span class="LrzXr"> at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.</span> Wednesdays. </span><span class="LrzXr">Call ahead for information about events and to schedule tours. </span>
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