There’s more to Labor Day than a quick road trip to wrap up the unofficial end of summer. For Atlanta’s round-the-clock breakfast aficionados, early September also marks the birth of the institution that is Waffle House, followed by a weeklong waffle celebration. This year marks 63 years of late-night rendezvous and feeding people waffles, hash browns, and coffee 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Waffle House (WaHo) is throwing itself a birthday party from September 2 through September 8—National Waffle Week. That includes dispatching its food truck to dispense free waffles and prizes throughout metro Atlanta starting on Monday (Labor Day).
“National Waffle Week provides an opportunity for all the waffle fanatics nationwide to come together to profess their love of waffles,” says Shelby White, Waffle House’s Senior Marketing Manager. “And this year’s celebration will be bigger and better for everyone in the Waffle Nation.”
Want free waffles—like the limited deja blueberry? WaHo says to follow its official Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram pages for clues on the truck’s whereabouts.
For those who prefer to hang at their neighborhood Waffle House next week and not chase after blueberry waffles, local WaHos are celebrating in their own ways.
Tom Forkner and Joe Rogers, Sr. opened the original Waffle House on East College Avenue in Avondale Estates on Labor Day, September 5, 1955. Waffle House corporate reopened the original restaurant as a museum in 2008. The waffle extravaganza ends next Saturday, September 8 at the museum for its 10-year anniversary celebration. Country Music Hall of Famer (and Avondale Estates native) “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson will greet the crowds. There’s free waffles, of course.
The Waffle House museum anniversary party is from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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