Popular Athens Waffle House near UGA closes after 50 years

Athens is now one Waffle House short after closing the doors at its Five Points area location.

The popular late-night waffle spot, at 1255 Milledge Avenue, just off the University of Georgia’s campus, closed June 25. A spokesperson for the restaurant chain explained that the landlord did not renew the lease and is looking to do something else with the property.

“We’ve developed a lot of memories there,” said Pat Warner, a Waffle House spokesperson. “It’s unfortunate that we won’t be able to continue at that location.”

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This particular location opened in December 1968. It’s been a key part of the Athens community, according to Warner. 

“We saw a lot of folks come out over the last few weeks,” he said. “It was pretty humbling how much that location meant to a lot of folks.”

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Athens residents and students took to social media to mourn the closure:


But there are still other nearby Athens locations of the iconic chain for them to dine, including the Barnett Shoals and downtown locations.

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