ATLANTA (CBS46) – The one billionth Waffle House waffle has been served and it was eaten in Atlanta.
Shanneil visiting from Miami was served the one billionth waffle at 10:04 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Centennial Olympic Park location in downtown Atlanta. She was awarded a plaque noting the achievement.
After reviewing various waffle forecasting models, Waffle House predicted it would serve the 1,000,000,000th waffle in its 60-year history during this week.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 60th anniversary than to be serving our one-billionth waffle,” said Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer.
Waffle House restaurants were born from two neighbors in Avondale Estates, GA. Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner wanted to open a 24 hour restaurant that focused on people – customers and associates – while serving quality food at a great value. Their dream became a reality when the first Waffle House restaurant opened its doors on Labor Day in 1955.
“We never dreamed that Waffle House would be as big as it is today when we opened our doors in 1955,” said Forkner. “In the beginning, we thought we would open about 10 locations and then go fishing.”
Today, the Waffle House system operates over 1,800 locations in 25 states.
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