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Legendary Charleston Waffle House Takes a Break After 42 Years

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The Southern staple famously championed by Anthony Bourdain went dark this week

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325 Savannah Highway Waffle House
Erin Perkins
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

The Waffle House sitting at 325 Savannah Highway has been dark the past few days, with a dumpster out front, leaving many patrons worried. Most famously featured on the Charleston episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, the institution is championed by revelers for its quick proximity from downtown bars for much needed late-night hash browns.

Do not worry though — this is only temporary. According to a sign on the door, the Savannah Highway Waffle House is merely closed for renovations. It reads:

To Our Family, Friends, and Community:

For 42 years, we have been a proud staple in this community and have never closed our doors.* The time has come for us to revitalize Unit 411 to its glory days. We will be closing December 8, 2019, and will reopen in March 2020.

Thank you to all of our loyal family, friends, and community for understanding. We would love for you to visit us at our other 2 locations. Unit 233 located at 2229 Savannah Hwy. Unit 1677 located at 3565 Savannah Hwy.

Thank you. See you in March 2020

*[Ed. note: This unit closed temporarily during Hurricanes Dorian and Matthew]

Eater Charleston will keep you updated on the opening of this legend, and leave you with our favorite exchange from chef Sean Brock and Bourdain’s visit to Unit 411:

Brock to Bourdain on the Waffle House’s food: ”You don’t come here expecting the French Laundry. You come here expecting something amazing.” Bourdain, in response: ”This is better than the French Laundry, man.”

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