“Tom and my father had a handshake deal, and their partnership and friendship continued for more than 60 years,” Joe Rogers Jr. said in a former AJC article.
The restaurant known for their waffles, scattered hashbrowns and never closing "opened its doors on Labor Day 1955," according to the signage out front of the museum.
Pat Warner, WH public relations, said, “The founders were awesome to work with and had a great banter. They thought they would open a few restaurants and retire.”
Little did they know that their dream would “create an opportunity for thousands of people, of which they were most proud of,” Warner said.
The iconic color scheme was "chosen by the founders because school buses could be seen far away," according to a recent AJC article.
1955: The first Waffle House opens in Avondale Estates. The restaurant has since been turned into the Waffle House Museum.
Somewhere in the late 60s/early 70s the original restaurant closed. “In 2004, it was purchased back and renovated into the museum (2008),” said Warner.
The building in Avondale Estates is divided into two areas. A portion has been restored as the 1950s restaurant. The other has been transformed into a museum featuring memorabilia from the past 60 years. One sign reads “Friends don’t let friends eat pancakes.”
The museum hosts open houses each year and is open to tours by appointment only (770-326-7086).
The Waffle House Museum is located at 2719 East College Ave., Avondale Estates.
For more information, visit wafflehouse.com
Hungry for more about Waffle House? Start with the AJC's mini guide: Everything you need to know about Atlanta-based Waffle House.
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