White Castle in Miami, Florida

White Castle in Miami, Florida

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 on the mythical existence of White Castle in Miami.

WC IN MIAMI RESEARCH

I came across this ad posted in the Miami Archives blog:

Ad from 2-28-63
Ad from 2-28-63

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, talking about their expansion into Miami.

The White Castle Office/Warehouse is also mentioned and was located at 3250 NW 38th Street.

Miami News Article 11-12-1958
Miami News 11-12-1958

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

WC MIAMI PICTURES

These were the best things I found.

Yup, I found photos from 1960 of the two White Castles in Miami.

Check out these beauties:

Miami location under construction
Miami location under construction
White Castle in Miami, Florida
White Castle in Miami, Florida
Inside the White Castle in Miami, Florida
Inside the White Castle in Miami, Florida
Miami Employees
Miami Employees
Co-founder Billy Ingram at work in the Miami location
Co-founder Billy Ingram at work in the Miami location
Employees in the North Miami Beach location
Employees in the North Miami Beach location

A more in depth history about White Castle is in my book All About the Burger.


*All images courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society.

4 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. What a masterful piece of writing! Seriously! Your enthusiasm and drive for “the whole story” makes historical research sound like a blast!
    (I have personally been known to find it so, and it’s great to find a fellow freak exploring a little known but important aspect of our collective past.

    Thanks, Burger Beast–

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