Waffle Street

Waffle Street is a 2015 American drama/comedy film directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms and starring Danny Glover and James Lafferty. It is a film adaptation of James Adams’ memoir of the same name, published by Sourced Media Books in 2010. The riches-to-rags story follows Adams’ journey of self-discovery and redemption after losing his job as vice president of a multi-billion dollar hedge fund and finding work as a server at a local 24-hour diner.


In the aftermath of the 2008 market crash, James “Jimmy” Adams (James Lafferty) gets laid off from his Wall Street hedge fund manager job. Feeling a sense of guilt for his role in the financial crisis, Adams decides to find a more honest and gratifying job than his previous profession. After several unsuccessful efforts applying to a variety of blue-collar jobs, Adams is hired as a graveyard shift server at Papa’s Chicken and Waffles, a local 24-hour diner chain (the restaurant was renamed in new versions of the book and in the film).