Restaurant chain White Castle is planning to open its first Florida branch – and it will be among the biggest it has ever launched.
Plans for the project are already afoot, with the company targeting a launch date of 2021.
The 98-year-old family-owned business has settled on a site in The Village at O-Town West, part of Orlando’s $1 billion O-Town West mixed-use development.
Construction on the new restaurant, which at 4,500 square feet will be among the company’s largest, 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.
Lisa Ingram, president and CEO of White Castle and a fourth-generation family member, said: “We believe now is the right time for us to enter the Sunshine State, and Orlando is an ideal location to launch our business there.”
The move into Florida comes on the heels of White Castle’s entry into another state, Arizona.
It opened a restaurant in Scottsdale on Oct. 23, the first company-owned castle west of the Mississippi River.
Hundreds of people waited in lines for hours to purchase its Original Slider hamburger and other menu items that it has become known for.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, White Castle has more than 375 restaurants in 13 states.
Like most of the chain’s other restaurants, the Orlando castle will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.