WAF­FLE HOUSE CLOSES 18 RES­TAU­RANTS FOR STORM

USA TODAY International Edition - - MONEY -

Waf­fle House is known for stay­ing open dur­ing some of the worst nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, but the restau­rant chain had shut down 18 res­tau­rants in Flor­ida be­fore Hur­ri­cane Michael made land­fall Wed­nes­day. Waf­fle House res­tau­rants rarely close, of­ten pro­vid­ing food and re­sources to first re­spon­ders dur­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. The closed res­tau­rants, lo­cated in Flor­ida evac­u­a­tion zones from Panama City to Destin, won’t be closed for long, said Pat Warner, di­rec­tor of per­sonal re­la­tions for Waf­fle House. “We will be there right af­ter the storm to re­open,” he said. More res­tau­rants would likely be closed for pe­ri­ods when the storm makes land­fall, the com­pany said.

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