Yesterday we mentioned that one of the very first White Castle buildings was up for landmark status, even though that original slider-slinging tenet no longer resided there. We never doubted that the structure was worth it, but we were confused as to why another restaurant, Chef Luciano & Gourmet Chicken, would have paid for the authentic renovations to the old structure last year. Luckily, we were contacted by one of the co-owners, Rocky Gupta, and he let us know why they decided to honor the building’s history.
I just wanted to touch base with you to give you some history on the renovation and why things were done the way they were. Our building is actually located in the Historic Motor Row Landmark District, thus subjecting any work that we do to review by the Landmark Commission. As such, they felt that it was important that we preserve the history of the building and restore it to its original condition, even though we are not operating a White Castle out of the building.
I know it is a little quirky, but we are very happy that we were able to preserve part of our city’s history while so many others of these buildings have been destroyed.
So there you go. In other news, Chef Luciano & Gourmet Chicken has been pulling in some good reviews since they finished renovations over the summer. Of course, if you just must have a slider, there is a less historic White Castle across the street.