2017-03-07 04:57:38 UTC
Waffle House co-founder dies at 97: report
By Todd A. Price, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
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on March 06, 2017 at 12:45 PM, updated March 06, 2017 at 1:32
Joe Rogers Sr., who co-founded the Waffle House diner chain in 1955, died Friday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was 97.
Rogers partnered with his neighbor, Tom Forkner, now 99, to open the first Waffle House in Avondale Estates, Ga.
More than 1,500 of the iconic yellow and black, 24-hour diners now dot the nation.
Rogers stepped from an active role in the business in the 1970s.
Correction: The original version of this story misstated the founding date of Waffle House.
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