The wait is nearly over. White Castle will open their Orlando location on Monday, May 3rd, 2021 to the public at 8 AM with a ribbon cutting and expected fanfare at 11595 Daryl Carter Parkway. 120 team members and managers have been hired for this new location at Unicorp’s $1 billion The Village at O-Town West mixed-use development.
The 4,567-square-foot restaurant includes indoor and outdoor seating and 2 drive-thru lanes. The restaurant has seating for 72 indoors and 56 outdoors. It is the largest free-standing White Castle in the world and marks the brand’s first return to Florida since operating four restaurants in Miami in the 1960s. The choice of Orlando as a launching point for the brand in the south is a boon to the Central Florida economy.
The Orlando Castle will be open for take-out, dine-in, and drive-through service from 8 AM to 1 AM on grand opening day, then reopen on Tuesday with regular operating hours, 9 AM to 1 AM, seven days per week. At some point in the future, White Castle will operate 24 hours per day. There will be a maximum order of sixty sliders per visit.
Joining the grand opening festivities will be White Castle President and CEO Lisa Ingram, a fourth-generation family member, along with other family members and company leaders, local elected officials, development partners, invited guests, and the general public. White Castle is inviting the public to come and join them for this special day.
In observance of COVID-19, White Castle has implemented health and safety measures that are consistent with Orange County’s COVID-19 guidelines, including mask requirements for all team members and guests, social distancing, ongoing cleaning, as well as hand sanitizers and wipes throughout the restaurant.
White Castle, America’s first fast-food hamburger chain, has been making sliders as a family-owned business for 100 years. Based in Columbus, Ohio, White Castle started serving The Original Slider® in 1921. In 1921, Billy Ingram launched a family-owned business with $700 and an idea, selling five-cent, small, square hamburgers that were dubbed Sliders and sold by the sack.
Today White Castle owns and operates more than 360 restaurants and sells its famous food fare in retail stores nationwide. Time Magazine called The Original Slider the “most influential burger of all time” in 2014. Now Orlando can enjoy a piece of that.
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