Back in my college days, I had a roommate from Minneapolis, MN who was appalled I had reached the age of 21 without ever having tasted a White Castle slider. So after returning home for winter break, he flew back with a special order of White Castle sliders wrapped in foil just for me. I admitted, I could see the appeal when one craves a tasty late-night treat or quick meal. That’s perhaps why fans of the chain are called ‘Cravers.’
Well more than 9,300 Cravers in Florida petitioned White Castle to open a restsaurant to Central Florida and the company has listend. It will build one of its largest locations yet at the O-Town West mixed-use development coming to the Palm Parkway / Daryl Carter Parkway area just off I-4 and right near Walt Disney World.
Construction on the new restaurant is expected to begin in April 2020 and should be finished by late 2020 or early 2021. The Orlando castle marks the iconic brand’s return to Florida; in the 1960s, it operated a castle in Miami.
“Florida Cravers have long been asking for us to open a castle there,” said Lisa Ingram, president and CEO of White Castle and a fourth-generation family member. “We believe now is the right time for us enter the Sunshine State, and Orlando is an ideal location to launch our business there.”
Based in Columbus, Ohio, the family owned chain is known as America’s original fast-food restaurant. White Castle has more than 375 restaurants in 13 states and the Florida location will bring that number to 14. Like most of the chain’s other restaurants, the Orlando castle will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, satisfying the crave of White Castle fans morning, noon and night.
The company has expanded its menu from back in the 1990s when I first sampled its sliders. It now offers cheese sliders, chicken sliders, fish sliders, breakfast and even a plant-based Impossible burger slider (which I’m dying to try).
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My first job out of high school was flipping sliders overnight and making breakfasts in the morning at a White Castle in MN. I for one and I know my family will love it. Kristals is not the same.