One of the things that have contributed to their popularity is they never close. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, you can count on a Waffle House to be open. As a matter of fact, even during a natural disaster, the Waffle House will be open. So it wasn’t surprising that when Georgia governor Brian Kemp announced that businesses were able to open back up in the midst COVID19 crisis, that the Waffle House was the first to open their doors.
This decision from Governor Kemp has been faced with a lot of criticism. Even President Trump thought it was a bad idea to allow anyone besides essential workers to go back in public. Most of the businesses in Georgia have agreed with conventional wisdom and kept their doors close.
Unfortunately, Waffle House has not joined that club. All of the 330 locations in Georgia has open back its doors for dine-in customers. “A lot of people, I think, want to get back to the new normal, which will be social distancing and all that,” said Chris Heithaus, a manager of 87 Waffle House restaurants in Georgia. “They will be able to eat inside the restaurant,” he told the associated press.
I’m guessing the 39 guidelines that Governor Kemp issued to businesses will create the “new normal” in Georgia. Regardless of what that may be, what will remain the same is you can find a Waffle House open.