I heard this on the radio as I was driving over to meet my Mom at Beads By Design.
According to Neal Boortz, Hurricane Katrina forced the temporary closure of 120 Waffle House restaurants along the Gulf Coast. Eight of those restaurants were completely destroyed (including the one on Beach Blvd. in Biloxi where DH and his dad eat breakfast on their casino trips). As of yesterday (Thursday 9/8) 110 of the remaining 112 restaurants had reopened, in some cases using generators. The remaining two restaurants will reopen by tomorrow.
Also, from Waffle House’s own web site:
Waffle House has distributed more than 110,000 pounds of ice and 18,000 gallons of water to the Mississippi coast area. Waffle House was the first restaurant open in Gulfport and Biloxi to serve up hot meals to the survivors and rescue workers. (emphasis mine)
Waffle House, YOU ROCK!!! And your hash browns (scattered, covered, and smothered), Lib’s Patty Melt, and pecan waffle aren’t half bad either. Yum.