The chain has established itself as the trusted place to go in disastrous times, even establishing an index that gauges the level of natural disasters. The closures represent a Waffle Index Red, and the other levels include green, for full menu and no limitations, while yellow indicates there are limited food supplies due to disaster, i.e. power outages.
Joe Rogers Jr., the 73-year-old sole board member and chairman for the nearly 2,000-restaurant chain based in Norcross, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that the takeout-only mandates across the country were “totally out of proportion.”
“American leaders have to lead people through ruinous times, but leaders don’t lead people to ruin,” he said later, warning that many large and small businesses could possibly falter due to the effects.
Most restaurants have limited their franchises to takeout only, like Chick-fil-A, but retailers including Macy’s, T.J. Maxx and dozens of malls across the country are closed the next several days to wait out the coronavirus pandemic.