There are many reasons to love Waffle House—smothered hash browns, late-night hours, cheery waitstaff—but the architecture? Amanda Kolson Hurley of the Atlantic’s CityLab recently paid tribute to the chain’s blocky, big-windowed outposts, the 1955 vision of Georgia Tech alum Clifford Nahser. Wrote Hurley, “At truck stops and strip malls all over the country, we still need that shot of primary color, a no-frills design that has stood up so well for six decades.” Hurley and other fans of the WaHo aesthetic can take heart: The company maintains a real estate sideline, connecting buyers and sellers of Waffle House properties. This summer, for instance, a 1,700-square-foot outpost on Main Street in Snellville was on the market for $225,000. With their open kitchens and airy interiors, WaHos might seem ripe for conversion to lofts, but if you want to live in one, prepare for rezoning. A common request is “those who want us to build near them,” says spokesperson Kelly Thrasher. If you hanker to live next door to a Waffle House, the company is selling a lot adjacent to one on Bells Ferry Road in Kennesaw for $125,000.
This article originally appeared in our August 2015 issue.