"Huddle House [has] 430 locations in over 17 states, primarily found in Southern United States. The chain was started in 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. Its competitors include Waffle House, IHOP, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, and Bob Evans."