White Castle Opens Second Arizona Restaurant

~ White Castle, the iconic fast-food chain known for its Slider hamburgers, celebrated the grand opening of its new restaurant in Tempe, Ariz., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by a Tempe-area couple who met at a White Castle 72 years ago. The new White Castle is the second location in Arizona. The first opened in October 2019 in Scottsdale.

Lifelong White Castle fans Charles and Georgia Hutchison were the guests of honor at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for White Castle's new restaurant in Tempe. The couple, both in their 90s, met at a Chicago White Castle in early 1951 and married just a few months later on July 4. Jamie West and Drew Schmitt, who were married in the Scottsdale White Castle in May, passed the golden scissors to Mr. and Mrs. Hutchison, who had the honor of cutting the ribbon to the new restaurant.

"We are thrilled to open our doors in Tempe and bring our delicious Sliders to the community," said Lisa Ingram, president and CEO of White Castle. "We've been overwhelmed by the positive response from Arizona residents, and we're excited to continue serving our craveable food to new and returning customers."

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The Tempe Castle is located at 8735 South Jewel St., sporting a modern design with a focus on convenience and customer comfort. The indoor dining room can seat up to 50 people while the inviting outdoor covered patio can accommodate 40 guests. The restaurant also features Julia, White Castle's AI-powered drive-thru assistant that greets customers in the drive-thru and helps with ordering for a seamless and personalized experience.

Tuesday's grand opening festivities kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by customers lining up to enjoy White Castle's iconic Sliders and other menu items while being welcomed by warm smiles from restaurant team members.

"We are honored to have Mr. and Mrs. Hutchison join us for this special occasion," said Ingram. "They are a true testament to the enduring love and memories that White Castle has created for thousands of people and generations of families."
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