The History of

Huddle House

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History Of Huddle House Restaurant Design

The story of Huddle House is the story of community, service, and great Southern comfort food. John Sparks was working at his Decatur, Georgia, diner one evening in 1964 and thinking about his new idea for a chain of Southern-themed diners. He knew he wanted a friendly, welcoming atmosphere with good food at a great price, but he didn’t know what he would call it. A group of high school boys came in, fresh from football practice, and gathered in the corner. As they leaned in together, talking and laughing, one of them still had a football in one hand and a helmet in the other. They looked like they were in a huddle.

And that’s when it hit him: Huddle House was the perfect name for his restaurant chain. And so it all began.

Five Decades of Great Memories

Over 50 years later, Huddle House is the hub in almost 400 communities across the United States, a place where folks gather before the town hall meeting, for brunch after church, or anytime at all. This focus on serving happy, regular guests has created a successful business model for our franchise partners over many years.

We especially thrive in:

  • Small-town markets with few dining options
  • Suburban areas with mostly fast food options
  • Interstate travel centers
  • College towns

Wherever you find Huddle House, you’ll find people who value community and Southern-inspired comfort food and servers who greet you by name and pour your coffee just the way you like it.

Any Meal. Any Time.

Our “Any Meal. Any Time.” motto has been part of our philosophy for the last five decades. Huddle House’s unwavering commitment to outstanding Southern hospitality, generous portions, and affordable prices helps create high-frequency regular customers. Our strong unit-level economics come from revenue through multiple dayparts and low food cost through a breakfast focus and in-house distribution. This business model supports single-unit owners who want to provide that community gathering spot for their hometown and entices experienced multi-unit owners looking to diversify their investment portfolios. In addition, many of our franchise partners own their building and land, generating significant equity in real estate holdings.

Join Our Family Dining Franchise Family

If you’re interested in learning more about joining an iconic breakfast restaurant franchise with ambitious plans for continued growth, please fill out our contact form. We will provide you with access to our Franchise Information Guide where you can explore more in-depth content. One of our responsive franchise representatives will contact you to start a conversation.

Reach out to us today at (770) 626-7286 to learn more about how you can own your own Huddle House franchise!

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