The wait is over, Arizona cravers!
Just over a year after announcing it would open its first restaurant in Arizona, White Castle is ready to begin serving its famous 2x2 sliders in the desert. The restaurant, located at 9310 East Via de Ventura in Scottsdale, near the Loop 101 and Via de Ventura, will officially open to the public on Wednesday, October 23, the company confirmed.
Make sure the car is filled up with gas because lines should probably be expected.
The family-owned restaurant chain, which is now headquartered in Ohio, has gained quite a cult following since its opening in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. Aside from its restaurant located along the Las Vegas Strip, which opened in 2015, the chain's restaurants are primarily located in the Midwest.
However, its sliders are available in the freezer section of most grocery stores. (We'll let the die-hard fans debate which ones taste better and whether or not there is a difference.)
For those who have not been before, White Castle is known for its 2x2 steam-grilled sliders. The classic "Original Slider" features a thin slice of beef, onions, and a slice of pickle in between slider buns. They can be purchased individually, in groups of ten ("by the sack), or in groups of 30 (the "Crave Case). They also have cheese sliders, cheese and bacon sliders, chicken sliders, and an Impossible slider.
For sides, people can choose fries, onion rings, Mozzarella sticks, chicken rings, and deep-fried fish nuggets.
It is one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year. Back in August 2018, when White Castle first announced its plans to open in Arizona, thousands of people reacted to the news on the ABC15 Facebook.
The 4,589-square-foot restaurant is the largest stand-alone restaurant that White Castle has. It is part of "The Block at Pima Center," a 22-acre mixed-use development that is part of the Salt River's Talking Stick Entertainment District, and within walking distance of Medieval Times, which recently opened, and down the street from the Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park and hotel.
White Castle announced it was coming to Arizona in August 2018. In April, the company held a ground-breaking ceremony.
At that ceremony, officials announced that Arizona's own Alice Cooper, and a fan of the fast-food chain's sliders, would have a booth dedicated to him. It would feature a photo of Cooper seated on a throne and surrounded by White Castle sliders. Cooper was actually inducted into White Castle's "Cravers Hall of Fame" in 2014, three years after he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
IF YOU GO:
9310 East Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85258