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Royal Castle Still Lives On At Ernesto’s Taco Shop

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Royal Castle Terrazo Floor

Most people who have frequented Ernesto’s Taco Shop in Cutler Bay are probably starving and looking to get their Mexi-Food fix. I drove down there because someone told me the terrazzo flooring from the Royal Castle that was located there years ago was still intact.

Royal Castle was a chain of slider serving Burger joints that was created in MiamiĀ and copied the White Castle system. During the 1950’s it seemed as if there was one on every street corner in Miami and you can still point out former Royal Castle restaurants because of the structure of the stores.

My source was correct and indeed the terrazzo flooring with the phrase, Royal Castle “fit for a king” was as in as good of condition as you can expect for something easily over 60 years old. I would suggest you be on the lookout for more of these because they’re not alone and if some reason you get a hankering to eat a real slider (not the mini burgers hyped as sliders) check out the last open Royal Castle location, Brimberry’s Royal Castle.

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  • There is another Royal Castle sign cut into the terrazzo floor in Liberty City (southwest corner of 62nd Street and 7th Avenue, Miami). But, hurry, the block is about to be torn down for an affordable housing complex in the next few weeks. Hopefully someone will have the good sense to save the terrazzo.

  • Awesome! Thanks for the info Mike!

  • Joe

    I always thought that La Palma was a former Burger King…

    • Joe,

      That makes 2 of you. Guess my sources were wrong.

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