Remember The 2 White Castles In Miami? Probably Not #throwbackthursday #tbt

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Whenever I mention that White Castle existed in Miami, most folks think I’m confused with Royal Castle but I’m not. I own a book called By The Sackful and in it on page 104 there’s this:

A White Castle-shaped spaceship landing pad in Miami! Billy Ingram retired to Miami in 1958 and built three Castles there.The design of this location echoed the space age angles, and the futuristic and glittering glass walls of the big hamburger chains that had sprung up to compete with White Castle in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The company closed the Florida operations in 1967 due to inefficient supply distribution.

This was my starting point to finding information of the mythical existence of White Castle in Miami.

In February of 2013 I came across this ad posted in the Miami Archives blog:

White Castle Ad

The Best part is it listed the two addresses, click on the address to find out what’s there now:

North Miami Beach location: 1199 N. Miami Beach Blvd. (N.E. 163rd St.)

Miami location: 2698 West Flagler Street (at SW 27th)

After scouring the Miami News archives I found this article dated November 12, 1958 talking about White Castle’s expansion into Miami. It also mentions that the White Castle Office/Warehouse was located at 3250 NW 38th Street.

Miami New 11-12-1958
Miami News 11-12-1958

Even though the book mentions the existence of 3 locations I can only verify the two above.

The best thing I found? Pictures! Yes, I found pictures of the two White Castles in Miami. Check these puppies out:

WhiteCastle_01
Miami Location
WhiteCastle_02
Miami Location
WhiteCastle_03
Miami Location
WhiteCastle_04
Miami Location
WhiteCastle_05
North Miami Beach Location
WhiteCastle_06
Miami Location
WhiteCastle_07
Miami Location
WhiteCastle_08
Miami Location
WhiteCastle_09
Miami Location
WhiteCastle_10
Miami Location
WhiteCastle_11
Miami Location

If you liked this post, then check back next week when I’ll be talking about the Burger Castle chain in Miami. Burger Castle? Exactly.

All White Castle images courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society.

  • ciDhialeah

    I didn’t know. Thanks for the read and info.

    • Thanks man. Stay tuned, this is just one part of a longer series on the history of Burgers in South Florida.

  • Saucy ‘Stache

    Those lucky f***ers.

  • M75462

    White Americans who spoke English. No, I don’t believe it.

    and how come Saucy ‘Stache gets away with it , and I gets censored all the time?

  • Ceci

    This is neat, and sad. Wish they were still in Miami, well, Florida. My mom was very moved to see these pics, she was around back then. Thank you for this story, nice to see things back then.

  • ciDhialeah

    I can’t wait. To my knowledge the only thing we have left is one of the original Royal Castles not far from me. I’ve been a little bit skeptical to go there.