World’s largest White Castle breaks ground in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — After a 50 year absence, White Castle has returned to Florida.

Company and Civic leaders broke ground on what will be the largest free-standing White Castle in the world Thursday.

The 4,567 square foot restaurant will still have the iconic “tower” but with a more modern industrial-style design, the company said.

The restaurant will include indoor and outdoor seating, two drive-through lanes, and is expected to create 120 new jobs.

When it was announced a year ago officials said the Orlando “Castle” would be part of the $1 billion O-Town West mixed-use development near Williamsburg.

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Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Thursday’s groundbreaking is a good sign for business in Orange County.

“This is all about bringing our economy back here within the Metro-Orlando area and it starts with these types of initiatives,” Demings said.

The new construction marks the 100-year-old hamburger chain’s first return to Florida since the 1960s.

The company said the new location is scheduled to open in Spring 2021.

Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.