When White Castle debuted on the Strip in early 2015, customers waited for as long as three hours for their first taste of the brand's famous sliders. It can now be confirmed a second White Castle is headed to Las Vegas, into a prime downtown location and on a fast track to open next year.
Filling 3,428 square feet at the corner of Fremont St. and 4th St., it will sit directly across from the Denny's at Neonopolis and the tail end of the Fremont Street Experience pedestrian promenade. The fast casual restaurant will be smaller than the 5,615-square-foot original located on the Best Western Plus Casino Royale casino floor.
First announced by Fremont Street Experience staffer Scott Roeben on his Vital Vegas blog, confirmation had been confounded by earlier paperwork only referring to the project as "A Restaurant." Using its true address of 107 N. 4th St., within the same building also resides a Harley Davidson retail store, a $10 discount store, a T-shirt shop and a cigar store. The fate of those retailers is not yet known, but the L-shaped Harley Davidson store is the exact same size as the proposed restaurant.
Yet to be approved by local planning commission or the City Council, hungry "Cravers" should expect a minimum of six months before it debuts. No confirmation of the expansion has been formally announced by White Castle.
A fast food precedent for this corner dates back to 1964 when Foxy Dog began serving up their hot dogs, until shuttering in 1989. The building originally housed Trader Bill's, which lasted 85 years and started out selling "Western and Indian Novelties," before settling on souvenirs. Their neon sign still points to the entrance of the Harley Davidson front entrance.