Like Always, Waffle House Will Open on Christmas and New Year’s

December 21, 2016

For the 61st year in a row, all Waffle House restaurants will be open Christmas and New Year’s Day, continuing a tradition that started in Avondale Estates, Georgia, in 1955.

Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner opened the doors to the first Waffle House on Labor Day 1955 and since it was a seven-day a week, 24-hour restaurant, they never thought about closing on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

“If you’re going to be a service to the community, you should be there 24 hours a day, every day of the year,” says Waffle House Rogers Sr. While Joe, 97,