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Avondale Estates in Dekalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Waffle House
 
The Waffle House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
1. The Waffle House Marker
 
Inscription. 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 2012 by Georgia Historical Society, the Waffle House, the City of Avondale Estates, and the Avondale Estates Downtown Development Authority. (Marker Number 44-2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 46.467′ N, 84° 16.7′ W. Marker is in Avondale Estates, Georgia, in Dekalb County. Marker is at the intersection of East College Avenue (U.S. 278) and Hillmont Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East College Avenue. Click for map. The markers stands adjacent to the front door of the original Waffle House, now the Waffle House Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2719 East College Avenue, Avondale Estates GA 30002, United States of America.
 
The Waffle House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
2. The Waffle House Marker
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Gutzon Borglum House (approx. 0.7 miles away); July 22, 1864 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Decatur Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Garrardís Cavalry Raid (approx. one mile away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. one mile away); Battle of Decatur (approx. one mile away); Wheelerís Cav. at Decatur (approx. one mile away); DeKalb County (approx. one mile away).
 
The Waffle House Marker Dedication Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
3. The Waffle House Marker Dedication
The marker prior to dedication
 
 
The Waffle House Marker Dedication Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
4. The Waffle House Marker Dedication
The marker was dedicated on September 9, 2012, at this site: the first Waffle House, now the company's museum.
 
 
The Waffle House Marker Dedication Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
5. The Waffle House Marker Dedication
Pat Warner, Waffle House Director of Culture, welcomed a large crowd of attendees to the dedication.
 
 
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By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
6. The Waffle House Marker Dedication
Ed Rieker, Mayor of Avondale Estates, welcomed attendees to the dedication.
 
 
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By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
7. The Waffle House Marker Dedication
Robert L. Brown, Chairman of the Georgia Historical Society Board of Curators, was one of the featured speakers at the dedication.
 
 
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By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
8. The Waffle House Marker Dedication
Walt Ehmer, President and CEO of Waffle House, introduced the founders of the company.
 
 
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By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
9. The Waffle House Marker Dedication
Tom Forkner, one of the two founders of Waffle House, reminisces about how he and Joe Rogers, Sr., founded the chain.
 
 
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By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
10. The Waffle House Marker Dedication
Robert Brown, Tom Forkner, Joe Rogers, Sr., and Mayor Ed Rieker prepare to unveil the marker.
 
 
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By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
11. The Waffle House Marker Dedication
The marker unveiled
 
 
The Waffle House Marker Dedication Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
12. The Waffle House Marker Dedication
Tom Forkner and Joe Rogers, Sr., founders of Waffle House, with the marker
 
 
The Waffle House Founders Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
13. The Waffle House Founders
A photo of founders Tom Forkner and Joe Rogers., Sr. on the wall behind the counter in the museum.
 
 
A Cultural Icon in the South Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, September 8, 2012
14. A Cultural Icon in the South
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 503 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on September 9, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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