The world’s largest White Castle opening in Orlando, Florida draws long lines
ORLANDO, Florida – A craver is the name of someone who is a fan of White Castle.
And the cravers came out in large numbers on Monday in Orlando, Florida, to mark the opening of the largest free-standing location in the burger chain.
🍔 Today I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the world’s largest freestanding @WhiteCastle in southwest Orlando! I am officially a “craver”. Congratulations and welcome to @OrangeCoFL! Pic.twitter.com/bg55JvgTPY
– Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings (@OCFLMayor) on May 3, 2021
Cameras showed that car after car was one of the first customers to order in the drive-thru.
A craver named Fred arrived 12 hours before the doors opened and slept in his car – all for the fast food restaurant’s world famous sliders. As he walked into the burger shop, he said it was worth standing in line all the time.
Another craver, Harry Blackledge, started a Facebook page 11 years ago to get a White Castle in central Florida. The site with 11,000 followers completed its mission with the largest white castle in the world.
“I just decided to have a white lock here,” said Blackledge.
White Castle staff tried to keep up with all of the food cravings. Due to the expected high demand, White Castle has set a limit of 60 sliders per order.
We’re less than 72 hours from opening a store in Orlando! Just a head up, due to the expected high demand, there is a limit of 60 sliders per order. We open on May 3rd at 8am and then our hours are from 9am to 1am. pic.twitter.com/W9CpeAJmoc
– White Castle (@WhiteCastle) April 30, 2021
Officials say a store can cook 400 sliders in four and a half minutes.
The 4,567 square foot restaurant near Disney World created 140 jobs for the Orlando community.
“There’s nothing like it. There’s nothing it can imitate. You have to be here if you’ve never had one,” said Blackledge.
White Castle is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.
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