Craving one of those square burgers?
Whenever one of those big chains comes to Florida, it’s a big deal. Remember all the crazy traffic when Trader Joe’s first came to Tampa and St. Pete? Or when law enforcement was called in to direct traffic when Wawa opened in Pinellas Park? Yep cops were needed to control the situation at a gas station! Well fast food lovers, your options are expanding. For the first time in over 50 years, there’s going to be a new White Castle in Florida. There’s good news and bad. The good? Florida will soon have the world’s largest White Castle.
The bad? This one requires a road trip. And it’s the road trip we all dread… that painful drive on I-4 over to Orlando. The Orlando Sentinel reports that White Castle will open its newest Florida location at 18 North Dollins Avenue in Orlando this Tuesday (February 23). It’s near John Young Parkway and Colonial Drive downtown Orlando. This is almost two years in the making but they’re finally ready to serve up those famous square hamburger sliders.
One big thing that’ll be different though… they’re calling this first location a “ghost kitchen” concept. That means no dining in the restaurant. They will deliver via Uber Eats but you need to live within a 15 minute drive of the restaurant. Sorry Tampa Bay. The other thing that might be a big negative… they’ll only be serving until 10pm. White Castle is famous for those looking for an after midnight snack after a night of partying hard. The delivery service will be available from 10am to 10pm for now.
Another White Castle (the one that’ll be enormous) will open later this year near Disney World. This will be a more traditional White Castle. Construction photos show this one will have a drive thru. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]