Last food: W’burg White Castle closed

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An iconic Brooklyn fast-food fortress has fallen.

Williamsburg’s White Castle shuttered suddenly on Sunday morning, leaving residents craving sliders, chicken rings, and fish nibblers in mourning. One regular bemoaned the loss of a reliable place to soak up a long night’s beverages.

“That was the best late-night drunk food,” said Ariel Denham. “It is so much better than pizza.”

The closing was in the cards for more than a year. The family-run White Castle chain, which has been a Brooklyn institution since the 1930s and served as the muse for many early Beastie Boys songs, opened the little white eatery on Metropolitan Avenue near Humboldt Street in 1992, but did not own the land underneath it. In 2013 a developer called 781 Metro Investors bought the property, including an expansive parking lot, out from under it for $6.72 million.

Last year, White Castle executives lamented the fact that the company failed to buy the property years ago.

Now, ominously, the company’s New York office has closed. The New Jersey office, which is apparently handling New York operations, referred calls to headquarters, where they went unanswered

Zoning rules allow for a seven- or eight-story apartment building to rise on the site.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
Well, 8 stories of housing is certainly a better use of that land than a parking lot was. Except for those who cut through it on their walk to and from the subway.
Oct. 1, 2014, 10:24 am
Charles from PS says:
I remember going to this White Castle back in the 1970s as a child. Good memories. Those were the days ... which are now gone.
Oct. 1, 2014, 11:46 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
Very few of the White Castles in NY remain. all the leases were signed about the same time and they are now running out. The last one I know of in the area is on Atlantic Avenue....
Oct. 1, 2014, 12:04 pm
Dick from Williamsburg says:
Charles I think you may need a reference check this location, opened in 1992 not the 70s
Oct. 1, 2014, 1 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
Another white castle closed smh. But I know im not the only one who has noticed more white castles disappearing & more checkers popping up, which by the way is pretty good too & somewhat better then WC, but still you cant beat grabbing 6 belly busters at 2am.
Oct. 1, 2014, 1:01 pm
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
it was so convenient after a night at Legion or Harefield road or any of the local drinking establishments to have White castle nearby.
Oct. 1, 2014, 1:15 pm
ty from pps says:
white castle? that's racist!
Oct. 1, 2014, 2:33 pm
Captain Zorikh from Williamsburg says:
Mike, while in theory I would support the need for more housing, in this day and age, and neighborhood, eight stories of housing will undoubtedly be "market rate" condos or some such, driving up property values, and thus taxes, rents, and prices, in the area. And one more affordable eatery bites the dust.
Oct. 3, 2014, 4:09 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
White Castle should be saved as they are very hard to find, which is why I go to one whenever I see one.
Oct. 4, 2014, 6:21 pm
The Chooch from 9 years before that White Castle says:
Nostalgia invents itself. No, it's not from the 70s. That dump opened in 1992, when Williamsburg already had four art galleries, five cafes, a theater, and a handful of illegal hipster nightclubs. Get over it. It's much better now.
Oct. 14, 2014, 4:05 am
Joe. from Sunnyside Queens says:
I know there was a White Castle In the Sunnyside area of Queens on Queens Blvd & 43rd St, just down from the old Sunnyside Garden.
Oct. 14, 2014, 5:40 pm
Dignity Dave from Willyburg says:
good riddance! That place was hideous and served crack whores or hobos.
Nov. 4, 2014, 7:23 pm

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