Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Waffle House

Marker ID: GHS 44-02
Location: 2719 E. College Ave., Decatur, Ga
County: DeKalb
Coordinates: N 33° 46.465    W 084° 16.677
  33.77441666    -84.27795
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
The Waffle House Marker  


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.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, the Waffle House,
the City of Avondale Estates, and the Avondale Estates
2012.5 Downtown Development Authority 44-02

First Waffle House restaurant
The Waffle House


More Information:
Wikipedia - Waffle House
Wikipedia - Tom Forkner
Wikipedia - Joe Rogers, Sr.