After reviewing various waffle forecasting models, Waffle House Restaurants predicts it will serve the 1,000,000,000th waffle in its 60-year history during the week of September 6-12, which just happens to be National Waffle Week.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 60th anniversary than to be serving our one-billionth waffle,” says Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer. The exact date and location of the special waffle has not been determined, however officials of the 24-hour chain are closely monitoring the situation.
“That’s the great thing about this,” adds Ehmer, “Any one of the millions of customers who eat with us each day could be the one to order the waffle that will put us over the billion mark.”
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,” says Forkner. “In the beginning, we thought we would open about ten locations and then go fishing.”
Today, the Waffle House system operates over 1,800 locations in 25 states.
As for the one-billionth waffle, stay tuned to the Waffle House twitter and Instagram feeds for updates on the day and location the billionth waffle will be ordered.
Additionally, to wrap up National Waffle Week, the Waffle House Museum will host a 60th anniversary celebration open house on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from noon – 3pm. Along with tours of the original 1955 restaurant, guests can win Waffle House merchandise and enjoy our delicious golden waffles served from the Waffle House food truck. This event is free to the public.
Headquartered in Norcross, GA, Waffle House restaurants have been serving Good Food Fast since 1955. Today the Waffle House system operates more than 1,800 restaurants in 25 states and is the world’s leading server of waffles, T-bone steaks, hashbrowns, cheese ‘n eggs, country ham, pork chops and grits.
Waffle House, Inc. launched National Waffle Week in honor of the crisp, round, golden treat known as the waffle. Waffle House waffles are made with sweet cream or buttermilk, vanilla, eggs and pure Pioneer flour.