Today Kid Rock faced some Georgia Justice over a late night brawl at a local Atlanta area Waffle House restaurant. These ubiquitous old fashioned diner style restaurants serve up greasy food 24/7 365 days a year. The food usually isn’t too bad, especially when you need a high fat meal to keep you going in the wee early morning hours like Kid Rock needed. But did you also know there are a lot of collectible items you can get that celebrate this famous, or is that infamous, restaurant chain?
Waffle House has, over the years, had the habit of releasing various advertising collectibles (or ‘flair’ for you Office Space fans) for their employees to wear. They also occasionally made these advertising trinkets available to the general public but this hasn’t been common. Add that to the occasional purloined Waffle House logo’ed plate or coffee cup it makes for a bit of rarity that restaurant and advertising collectors love.
Some common Waffle House collectibles include key chains, T-shirts, coffee mugs and plates, particularly those celebrating the 50th anniversary of the chain and employee pins. There are very popular crossover promo items with both the Waffle House and Coca-Cola logos. Most of these items are reasonably priced and are a great way to start collecting restaurant memorabilia.
You won’t find much fakery in a narrow collecting niche like Waffle House memorabilia but you do need to be aware of the condition of items. Make sure any online seller has adequate pictures and descriptions and make sure that the item hasn’t been stolen from the restaurant.
And, if you’re ever in the Atlanta, GA area, stop by a Waffle House restaurant in the early morning hours. There’s no telling what or who you might find there.