Whenever I mention that White Castle existed in Miami, Florida, most folks think I’m confused with Royal Castle, but I’m not. In the book, By The Sackful, you will find mentions of the Miami restaurant locations.
A White Castle-shaped spaceship landing pad in Miami! Billy Ingram retired to Miami in 1958 and built three Castles there.By The Sackful book, Page 104
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 for finding information on the mythical existence of White Castle restaurants in Miami.
White Castle in Miami Research
I came across this ad posted in the Miami Archives blog:
As luck would have it, two restaurant addresses are listed:
North Miami Beach: 1199 N. Miami Beach Blvd. (N.E. 163rd St.)
Miami: 2698 West Flagler Street
After scouring the Miami News archives, I found this article dated November 12, 1958, about White Castle’s expansion into Miami. The story also reveals the address of the White Castle Office/Warehouse (3250 NW 38th Street).
Even though the By The Sackful book mentions the existence of 3 locations, I can only verify the two above.
White Castle Miami Pictures
I found photos taken in 1960 of the two White Castles in Miami. Hands down, these were the best things I found after hours of research.
A more in-depth history of White Castle is in my book All About the Burger.
*All images courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society.