Must-Go's

Must-Go's

Waffle House Museum

 

2719 E College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

Certain places earn a widely recognizable distinction and become part of the fabrication of regional areas spread out across the country.

Since 1955, when it was started by Joe Rogers, Sr. and Tom Forkner, Waffle House© has been an institution of the Southeast.

In the Avondale Estates area of Decatur, Georgia, the two neighbors planted their first ever 24-hour restaurant.

Though it has changed hands several times over the years since, the original location has been bought back by the Waffle House© corporation and restored to its original glory to become a museum and a trip back in time.

Stepping into one side of the museum is like walking into a Waffle House© in the 1950’s.

Take a look around the kitchen and dining room, stop for a photo next to their famous waffle irons, and pick up several free souvenirs from your visit including buttons, menus, and paper hats.

The signage on the wall reflects the prices from the 1950’s and shows us just how much things have changed over the years; burger and waffles each $0.40, Coca-Cola just $0.10.

After pursuing through the nostalgic restaurant, your journey continues when you head next door to view a great collection of memorabilia that covers the past 60 years.

Travel through the years when you look at the uniforms that the employees wore, the old seats that lined the famous counter of the restaurant, dishware that was used at WH, and all of their menus.

As a marketing and advertising person, it was so exciting to see all of their promotional items on display which told their story of the marketing that they used to build their brand into what it has become today.

Besides being a trip down memory lane as everyone seems to have their own Waffle House© stories, this offers a perfect glimpse into a slice of Americana and pop culture while also providing a remarkable American dream success story.

The Waffle House Museum is certainly worth a stop when you are visiting the Atlanta area, but because this is operated by the corporate communications office they aren’t always open.

Tours can be scheduled for Wednesdays or Thursdays between 10am and 2pm by calling 770-326-7086 to make an appointment at least one week in advance.

Fun Fact – The tour last only about 30 minutes which is perfect for shorter attention spans, and is free of charge making this an affordable must stop for families.

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