Waffle House Corporate Office AddressWaffle House Inc.
5986 Financial Dr
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Contact Waffle HousePhone Number: (770) 729-5700
Fax Number: (770) 729-5999
Email: Email Waffle House
ExecutivesCEO: Joseph W. Rogers Jr.
CFO: Bert Thornton
COO: Michael Howard
Waffle House History
Waffle House was founded in 1955 by Joe Rogers, Sr., and Tom Forkner. The first restaurant was located in Avondale Estates, Georgia.
In 1957, a second restaurant is opened.
During the 1960s, the company opens 44 more restaurants and begins to franchise.
By the end of the 1970s, there are over 400 locations.
The 1000th location is opened in 1997.
By 2005, there are 1460 locations in 25 states.
In 2006, the company finally begins to accept credit cards, after being cash only.
In 2007, the company repurchased their original restaurant with plans for making it a museum.
In 2008, the Waffle House Museum opens at the site of the first restaurant. That same year, one of the largest franchises, North Lake Foods, was purchased by Waffle House, Inc. The company reestablished the franchise the following year.
In 2012, CEO Joe Rogers, Jr, is accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with his housekeeper. He is replaced as CEO by Walt Ehmer.
Today, Waffle House operates over 2100 restaurants in 25 US states.
The company is considered one of the top 4 companies in the US that can be relied on during an emergency response situation, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Waffle House Index is an informal term used by FEMA to determine the severity of a storm and how much assistance might be required for citizens to recover.