Here comes a Waffle House

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Good afternoon everyone,

The most popular story last week on the Delaware Business Now website was not Amazon’s request for $4.5 million.

Instead, news that Waffle House will build a restaurant off Route 40 in Bear generated thousands of page views.

Waffle House is no stranger to this area. The company, based near Atlanta, has operated locations for years in Smyrna, Dover, Middletown and Elkton, MD.

Anyone who made the long drive to Florida, the Carolinas or Tennessee may have paid a visit to one of the 2,000 Waffle Houses that are a common sight south of the Mason-Dixon line.

The chain has stayed away from diner mecca New Jersey, as well as New England and the Upper Midwest.

The no-frills restaurants come with a Southern-style menu of eggs, ham, omelets, breakfast sandwiches and hash browns. Don’t ask for home fries. You can order harsh browns with gravy, chili or cheese.

A lot of people splurge with steak and eggs, with Waffle House listed as one of the largest buyers of T-bones.

Waffle Houses are open around the clock, but contrary to popular to myth restaurants have locks on doors.

Waffle Houses are closely watched during hurricane season. The management works hard to keep the restaurants open barring mandatory evacuations.

Also in existence is an informal Waffle House index that emergency management officials use to track the severity of the storm. Closed Waffle Houses generally mean an area has been hard hit by a storm.

Waffle House will bring another 24-hour-a-day business to the Route 40 area. It will not be alone. A short drive away are Royal Farms and Wawa stores that are open around the clock.

Here’s to a productive work week.

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