Joseph Wilson Rogers


Died aged c. 98

Joseph Wilson Rogers (November 30, 1919 – March 3, 2017) was an American businessman. He was co-founder and former CEO of the Waffle House franchise restaurant chain, which began business in 1955 in Georgia, and has grown to over 2,100 locations in 25 states.

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Commemorated on 1 plaque

The Waffle House At this location, on labor day 1955, Avondale Estates neighbours Joe Rogers, Sr., and Tom Forkner founded the first Waffle House restaurant. The name was inspired by the most popular item on the original menu. The restaurant's focus on fast-food speed ad round-the-clock service reflected mid-century societal shifts toward an automobile culture As suburbs and the interstate highway system developed throughout the region and the nation, Waffle House grew to include over 1,600 locations nationwide, becoming an American cultural icon open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2004 Waffle House reacquired the original restaurant building and opened it as a museum in 2008.

2719 East College Avenue, Decatur, GA, United States where it was