Waffle House closes hundreds of restaurants during pandemic; people freaking out

"Index Red!"

Waffle House, an iconic American breakfast food chain known to remain open in the bleakest of times, will be closing 365 locations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 1,627 locations will remain open, the company said in a statement.

The closing of Waffle House locations is not taken lightly. Waffle House has been notorious in remaining open for business 24-hours a day and 365 days a year – even amid natural disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) even relied on the informal Waffle House Index to track how much an area was affected by a disaster, including hurricanes.

“If a Waffle House store is open and offering a full menu, the index is green,” EHS Today said in an article published in 2011. “If it is open but serving from a limited menu, it’s yellow. When the location has been forced to close, the index is red.”


AKA: When Waffle House closes, the fecal matter has truly hit the rotary air impeller.

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