Huddle House

Huddle House, Inc. is an American casual dining franchisor. There are 339 units in 23 different states,[2] with a concentration in the southeast United States.[3]

Huddle House
FoundedApril 1964; 57 years ago (1964-04)
FounderJohn Sparks
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
Number of locations
349 (2018)
Area served
Primarily the southeast United States.
Key people
Michael Abt CEO
Troy Tracy COO
Productsfood service, waffles, breakfast, lunch, dinner
OwnerASCENT Hospitality Management[1]
SubsidiariesPerkins Restaurant and Bakery


The chain was started in April 1964 in Decatur, Georgia by John Sparks, with the goal of providing a 24-hour eatery. It is named after the act of huddling in football. The original Huddle House in Decatur was established to give fans a place to eat after "the big game" on Friday nights.[citation needed]

In 2006, Allied Capital acquired Huddle House for $124.1 million.[4]

In 2009, Ares Capital acquired Allied Capital.[5]

In April 2012, Ares sold Huddle House to Sentinel Capital Partners.[6]

In February 2018, Sentinel Capital Partners sold Huddle House to Elysium Management for an undisclosed amount.[7][8]

On September 12, 2019, it was announced that Huddle House will acquire Perkins Restaurant and Bakery.[9]


Huddle House has locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.[3]


  1. ^ "Huddle House Brand". Huddle House. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Ruggless, Ron (February 2, 2019). "Huddle House warns of possible data breach". Nations Restaurant News. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "All Huddle House Locations In The United States". Huddle House. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Allied Capital puts $124M into Huddle House buyout". Atlanta Business Chronicle. December 21, 2006. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Kingsbury, Kevin; Checkler, Joseph (October 28, 2009). "Ares Capital Buys Allied in Consolidation Push". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  6. ^ Brandau, Mark (April 3, 2012). "Huddle House acquired by Sentinel Capital". Nations Restaurant News. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  7. ^ Maze, Jonathan. "Elysium Management buys Huddle House". Restaurant Business. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  8. ^ Veneziale, Marcella (February 1, 2018). "Sentinel Capital Partners sells Huddle House". Nations Restaurant News. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Ruggless, Ron (September 12, 2019). "Huddle House agrees to buy Perkins". Nations Restaurant News. Retrieved September 6, 2019.

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