The Dwarf House – Hapeville, GA


The Dwarf House is a family restaurant at 461 North Central Ave in the town of Hapeville, Georgia.

Established in 1946, The Dwarf House is the original home of the Chick-fil-a restaurant franchise.

The original location was so small that owner Truett Cathy and his brother, Ben decided to name the restaurant the Dwarf Grill where you could get a “deluxe steak,” lettuce included, for 30 cents.

Over the year, The Dwarf House expanded its operations and now there are about a dozen Dwarf House restaurants in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area.


Each Dwarf House restaurant has two entrances: an adult sized door for those less adventuresome and a dwarf-sized door where children and the young at heart can enter the facility.


Unique to the original Hapeville restaurant, is a glass enclosed animated display case at the back of the establishment. Inside, there are figures of the seven dwarfs who move on a continuous loop as they leave their forest cottage and go off to work in their gem mines.


As one row of seven dwarfs disappear into the mine, another group carrying a booty of gems emerge to return to their cottage. The motorized display conveys the dwarf miners back and forth
for the delight of all the visitors to the restaurant, especially the children who just love it.

The Dwarf House in Hapeville, Georgia is open 24 hours a day, six days a week. It has a larger dine-in menu than the other Dwarf House locations, and offers table service, walk-up counter service or a drive-thru window.

The restaurant closes at 4:00 AM Sunday morning, and re-opens at 6:00 AM on Monday (as do all of Truett’s restaurant).

NOTE: A similar idea of having a smaller door next to an adult-sized door can also be found at Coleman’s Irish Pub at 100 South Lowell Avenue in Syracuse, NY. They have a 15-inch tall leprechaun door (“Wee Folks Door”) next to their regular entrance. A Leprechaun entrance is also located adjacent to the main entrance at P.K. O’Ryan’s Irish Pub at 666 High Street in Worthington, Ohio.

Truett Cathy, the owner of the Chick-fil-a franchise is credited with inventing a pressure-cooked, boneless chicken breast sandwich which he later sold at his Greenbriar Mall location in 1967.

The chain has grown to nearly 1,400 locations in 37 states and Washington, D.C.

Their trademark slogan reads: “We Didn’t Invent the Chicken, Just the Chicken Sandwich.”


A life-sized bronze statue of Truett Cathy was created by sculptor/artist Andy Davis. It was unveiled at Truett’s Grille in Griffin, Georgia on October 19, 1996. Since then the statue has been seen in various locations about the region.


A whimsical miniature replica of Chick-fil-a’s Dwarf House, complete with a drive-through window and dining area inside was built by Country Classic Builders in association with Garrell Associates located at 790 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Suite 200 in Suwanee, Georgia.

The Dwarf House
461 North Central Ave
Hapeville, GA

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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