The b4b crew ventured into the Miami night anticipating a much discussed and long sought after burger. Arnolds Royal Castle not only provided us a unique burger experience with their iconic sliders, but also sent the crew down a historical burger lesson in the process.
According to this Miami Herald article, Royal Castle was once a Miami-based restaurant chain that peaked at 185 locations mostly in Miami-Dade County, with a few in Georgia and Louisiana. The founder, William Singer, who was from Ohio was apparently inspired by low-cost penny burgers from White Castle and their success during the great depression. During the segregation years, Singer adhered to a strict policy that included: No more than 10 stools at the counter. No women behind the counter. No blacks sitting in front of it. Obviously the Castle evolved with the times and burger lovers from all walks of life were able to enjoy this Miami original.
Unfortunately for Royal Castle, in the mid-1960's they faced dramatic financial hurdles that led to a kingdom that was quickly losing its Castles. On Aug. 29, 1976, the company left the name and eight stores to the last person on the payroll, then the assistant manager of operations - James Brimberry. Over time, Brimberry sold the remaining stores and eventually the current owner Wayne Arnold took over and has been king of the Castle since 1982. In 2005, Royal Castle burned down due to a storage room fire and reopened its doors in January 2009 at its only surviving location on Northwest 125th Street and Seventh Avenue.
History that only a royal family can envy, Royal Castle offers a 24-hour burger spot where $5 bucks will get you a castle burger combo, including three burgers, fries and a large soda and a friendly face.