BRIGHTON PARK — A White Castle with a 79-year history in the neighborhood will close this week.
Employees working at the fast food chain’s location at 4334 S. Kedzie Ave. said the restaurant would shutter its doors Thursday.
As a thank you to customers, the location will serve up 25-cent Sliders — beef patties steam-grilled on a bed of onions — from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. There’s a limit of 10 per order.
The location has been open since 1934 and has drawn in countless thousands of fans throughout the years.
In 2001, the company began bestowing the Hall of Fame honor to its most dedicated followers, including patrons who’ve piloted helicopters toward the fast food outlet to pick up some Sliders and a woman with White Castle tattoos.
News of the closing has disappointed some loyalists like Eric Perina, a YouTube user who dialed up the restaurant during a short video confirming the closing.
"So I'm going to have to go probably to where? 63rd? Another mile the other way to get White Castle?" he asked.
During the video, Perina speaks with a White Castle employee who said workers will be transferred, not laid off.
Company officials did not return calls seeking comment for this story.
After the restaurant closes on Thursday, South Siders in search of White Castle have two relatively nearby options: 3205 S. Ashland Ave. in McKinley Park and 1550-58 W. Garfield Blvd. in Back of the Yards.
A complete map of locations is available at the company's official website.