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Waffle House Signals U.S. Reopening, But It Won’t Be Simple

Luring customers out of their homes and into a public setting will be difficult as long as the coronavirus remains a threat.

Booths are taped off to ensure social distancing at a Waffle House restaurant in Brookhaven, Georgia, on April 27.

Booths are taped off to ensure social distancing at a Waffle House restaurant in Brookhaven, Georgia, on April 27.

Photographer: Nicole Craine/Bloomberg

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The Waffle House chain of U.S. restaurants, with most of its locations in the nation’s south, is famous for staying open during hurricanes and other severe weather. Now it’s facing what could be a tougher challenge: luring customers who are wary of spending time there because of the coronavirus.