Photo Gallery: Waffle House Historical Marker Dedication

Waffle House founders Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner attended the ceremony in in Avondale Estates.

Waffle House was recognized Saturday at the original Waffle House at 2914 E. College Ave. in Avondale Estates.

Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner, , helped pull the cover off the marker.

Also attending were Avondale Estates Mayor Ed Rieker and other city officials.

The original restaurant is now the .

The marker said:

At this location, on Labor Day 1955, Avondale Estates neighbors Joe Rogers, Sr. and Tom Forkner founded the first Waffle House restaurant.  The name was inspired by the most popular item on the original menu. The restaurant’s focus on fast-food speed and round-the-clock service reflected mid-century societal shifts toward an automobile culture. 

As suburbs and the interstate highway system developed throughout the region and the nation, Waffle House grew to include over 1,600 locations nationwide, becoming an American cultural icon open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  In 2004 Waffle House reacquired the original restaurant building and opened it as a museum in 2008.

Ralph Ellis September 10, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Is Waffle House important to you?
John September 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Love waffle house, it is very important not only as a piece of true "Americana" but as a place where solid values of hard work and dedication are not simple catch phrases but are truly a way of life.


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