It all started in 1921. A five-cent slider. A Castle-shaped restaurant. There's been nothing like it before or since. We are the world’s first fast-food hamburger chain and we know a thing or two about making people happy.
The Story of WHITE CASTLE
White Castle was founded by Billy Ingram and Walter Anderson in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. We’re known for our original small, square sliders. In 2014, Time labeled the White Castle slider “the most influential burger of all time”.
Our founders established Castles with stainless steel interiors, and have employees outfitted with spotless uniforms, to invoke a feeling of cleanliness. The first restaurants in Wichita, Kansas, were a success — many competitors created brand names based on a play on “White Castle”.
The Original Slider®— America’s Original Craving. A 2x2” 100% beef patty steam-grilled on a bed of onions with a slice of pickle and served on our signature bun.
Anderson is credited with invention of the modern fast-food concept. Due to his innovation of having chain-wide standardized methods, customers could be sure that they would receive the same slider and service in every White Castle.
The Crave is a Powerful Thing™
Today White Castle owns and operates nearly 400 restaurants in 13 states in the United States. In 2001, White Castle launched the Cravers Hall of Fame, in which a select number of Cravers are inducted each year based upon entries judged by “brand loyalty, creative presentation, originality and magnitude of the crave”. What does crave mean? See the movie Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle!
WHITE CASTLE Timeline
1921 - White Castle was founded by Billy Ingram and Walter Anderson in Wichita, Kansas.
1936 - the central office was moved to Columbus, Ohio.
1961 - 1 billion sliders sold .
1977 - Movie: Saturday Night Fever.
1986 - Music: White Castle Blues, The Smithereens .
1986 - Music: License to III, the Beastie Boys.
1991 - Started to offer White Castle V-Day dinner.
2004- Movie: Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
2014 - Our slider was recognized in Time magazine as “the most influential burger of all time.”
2015 - 4,000 sliders sold on the first day of Las Vegas restaurant
2017 - First White Castle in Shanghai!