Monday, March 30, 2020

Waffle House Index Climbs

Waffle House, the restaurant chain known for having its own unofficial index used during natural disasters, said it has closied 429 of its restaurants.

In various social media posts, the chain featured a map showing the 429 closed restaurants, while another 1,563 across the southeastern U.S. remained open. The posts also featured the hashtag "#WaffleHouseIndexRed.

In 2019, the Pensacola News Journal detailed how Waffle House restaurants are often used to gauge the magnitude of disasters in the Southeast: If a store is open, your community has been spared. If the store is open but has a limited menu, you've probably gotten some damage. If the store is completely closed, you’re in a disaster zone.

The chain did not say whether the closures were linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Waffle House could not be immediately reached for comment.

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