Residents of Soundview living on or near Bruckner Boulevard will be temporarily forced to take their cravings to another White Castle location.
The White Castle at 1677 Bruckner Boulevard, on the same competitive strip that includes a Burger King, McDonalds, Taco Bell and other fast food establishments, will be undergoing renovations from now until the first quarter of 2015, when the home of the square burger plans to reopen.
Customers who are on site when the revamped White Castle reopens will see a brand new dining area with more seating, added cashier counter space to serve additional customers, a remodeled drive-thru and increased parking spaces.
White Castle district manager Jahanjir Kabir assures customers that this temporary closure is just a part of regular improvements of New York City’s White Castle locations that take each year.
“These renovations are just a part of the normal process for all of the White Castle’s locations,” said Kabir, who works at various White Castle restaurants in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens.
“This is just part of a typical re-evaluation for each of its location’s establishments that happens every year. The renovated location should include a lot of new bells and whistles once it’s completed.”
Kabir also added that the employees who used to work at this current location are either working at other nearby White Castle locations, working at other jobs or taking vacations while reconstruction takes place at the site. He is hopeful that these employees are available to come back to work when the renovations are completed.
Looking forward, six to nine months may not seem like a long time to renovate an establishment.
However, for true White Castle customers craving those well-known, onion-toppled sliders, this time period may seem like an eternity.
Luckily for them, there are six other White Castles in the Bronx, three within the nearby vicinity of this one – 931 Westchester Avenue between Intervale Avenue and Rogers Place (Morrisania), 2900 East Tremont Avenue between East Tremont Avenue and Westchester Avenue (Westchester Square) and 1831 Webster Avenue between East 175th Street and East 176th Street (Tremont).
“The renovations are planned accordingly and appropriately for each of our locations to comply with our customers’ needs,” said Kabir. “It is these renovations by White Castle, amongst other things, that has always kept our establishments clean, convenient, and most importantly – craved.”