Waffle House is a restaurant chain with over 1700 locations found in 25 states in the United States. Most of the locations are in the Southern United States, where the chain remains a regional cultural icon. The northernmost Waffle House location is in Ashtabula County, Ohio, on State Route 45 off I-90 near the village of Austinburg. Waffle House is headquartered in unincorporated Gwinnett County, Georgia, near Norcross. The first Waffle House opened on Labor Day weekend, 1955 at 2719 East College Avenue in Avondale Estates, Georgia. That restaurant was conceived and founded by Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner, who both continue to own a majority of the company today. Rogers had started in the restaurant business as a short-order cook in 1947, at the Toddle House in New Haven, Connecticut. By 1949, he had become a regional manager with the now-defunct Memphis-based Toddle House chain, and was moving to Atlanta.
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