Eager eaters began to line up over two hours before Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani cut a ceremonial ribbon and the first Las Vegas White Castle was declared open yesterday. Then the wait to crave began.
Online reports from the scene varied in their estimation from one, to two, to three hour waits to get inside the 5,615-square-foot fast food joint. Unofficial tallies put the line at hundreds of customers, as the security staff kept guests safely behind stanchions right by the Las Vegas Strip and then let the line wrap around the back of the Best Western Plus Casino Royale.
A photograph posted to message board Reddit, claiming to be taken at 4 a.m., shows the line had not diminished 14 hours after its debut.
In 2013, a White Castle food truck created four-hour waits in line for fans attending the Las Vegas Foodie Fest. The orderly, but impressively dedicated scene inspired local restaurant team Herbst-Richardson to push the steamed slider company to make the great leap west. Previously, the closest Castle to Las Vegas was in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
While White Castle does offer an online pre-ordering method for some of their over 400 locations, Las Vegas is currently not part of that program.
They join recently arrived East Coast cult favorite Shake Shack as a contenders for the Las Vegas' casual burger crown, currently owned by In-N-Out Burger. In-N-Out's furthest east location is, for now, in Dallas.