By Dennis Seid
TUPELO – For many, the Waffle House has been a favorite spot to gather, whether for an early-morning or late-night stop.
The food is not and never has been fancy, but getting hash browns scattered, covered, smothered, chunked and a myriad of other combinations with an omelet, steak or even a burger has been a rite of passage for many.
Chris Tollison remembers plenty of good times with friends and family at the old Waffle House on North Gloster Street, near J.R.’s
“I remember being taken care of by Ola, a waitress who knew us by name,” he said. “The food is the same at any Waffle House, but it’s the nostalgia of sitting in the same booth for 25 years.”
Tollison just happened to eat at that Waffle House for the last time Tuesday night, when it took its last order.
The company closed the location after a 36-year run.
Crews were emptying the site Wednesday morning, laying to rest what had been Tupelo’s oldest Waffle House, which opened in May 1977.
Kelly Thrasher, a spokeswoman for the company, said employees at the location have the option of going to one of the city’s other two locations. The newest Waffle House opened in May between the Dossett Big 4 automobile dealership and Walgreen’s on South Gloster Street.
Waffle House did not say what it intends to do with the closed location at 853 North Gloster St.