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Waffle House Museum

A late-night restaurant empire was launched from this humble storefront. 


On September 5, 1955, friends Joe Rogers and Tom Forkner opened a diner in this Decatur building. The chain restaurant they founded, Waffle House, is now spread across the South, famously never closing their doors save for act-of-God weather events.

But the very first Waffle House did close its doors for a time, serving as a series of other businesses before the company bought it back and opened a private museum in the building in 2008. From the outside, it looks like a Waffle House, often tricking passersby to come in search of hash browns. But the museum doesn’t serve any food. Instead, the interior is a faithful recreation of the original 1955 restaurant, along with several decades of Waffle House memorabilia.

Know Before You Go

The Waffle House Museum, unlike your average Waffle House, is not open 24/7. Since it's a private museum, call ahead to see if they're open or to arrange a tour appointment, at 770-326-7086.

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