There is only one Royal Castle Restaurant left from the Miami chain. It’s located at 2700 NW 79th Street and still opens 24 hours a day.
Before Burger King opened up its first Miami outpost in 1954, there was William Singer’s Royal Castle since 1938. It was the original Miami Chain.
In April of 1967, Royal Castle announced during its quarterly report to Stockholders:
“The opening of a new type of quick service restaurant that will be more fully automated then the present kind, with more self-service by the customer.”
A few months later, in July of 1967, an ad appeared in the Miami News looking for Restaurant Personnel and Managers for future locations.
The address for this new Royal Carousel location was *599 NE 167th Street in North Miami Beach; it’s now a Taco Bell.
The Miami Times and The Miami News both ran stories about the opening of Royal Carousel in August of 1967. It was touted as the first Electronic Restaurant in the Southeast.
The idea was that you walk in, place your order at a Master Console as the Miami Times called it. Then, it would be cooked and packaged by the Royal Carousel machinery.
The food deviated from the Royal Castle menu with items like French Fried Shrimp, Specially Breaded Chicken, & Hush Puppies.
I found it most interesting that they served a Charbroiled Super Double Hamburger with Special Sauce since Royal Castle cooked their hamburgers on a flat top.
There was also a mention of an air-conditioned dining room, which was not the norm for fast food in that era.
The Royal Carousel lasted only about a year and never expanded past its original location in North Miami. It seemed like a great idea that didn’t pan out.
Any memories about Royal Carousel?
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*Thanks to Phillip Pessar for tracking down the address in the 1968 Polks Directory