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White Castle is Opening Its Largest Location in This State

Calling all Cravers! The new restaurant will have two drive-thrus, plus indoor and outdoor seating.

The first-ever White Castle opened in September of 1921. Nearly 100 years later, the chain is bracing to open the doors to its largest free-standing restaurant ever—and it's castle themed.

The 4,567-square-foot restaurant will feature a modern industrial-style design with indoor and outdoor seating. Two drive-thru lanes will offer customers speedy and safe ways to enjoy some of the fast-food chain's iconic sliders. Construction is currently under way near Walt Disney World in the southwest area of Orlando, with a targeted opening of spring 2021.

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"As a family-owned business, we're always tuned in to what our customers and fans are saying," CEO Lisa Ingram, a fourth-generation family member, says in a statement. "White Castle has many fans in the Orlando area and across Florida who have been eager for us to come here, and we're thrilled to satisfy their crave."

The new location will employ 120 people, and it will be the first White Castle restaurant in the Sunshine State in more than 50 years. It will sit in the $1 billion mixed-use development called The Village at O-Town West. A 130-room hotel, office building, shops, and even a lagoon will all be the neighbors of this epic White Castle.

Construction was set to begin in April of this year, according to a statement from November 2019. An opening was originally eyed for early 2021, so the delay doesn't appear to have pushed things too much. When it does open, the location will serve sliders, chicken rings, and onion chips 24 hours a day.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more