St. Matthews White Castle returns
ST. MATTHEWS, Ky. (WDRB) -- An old St. Matthews institution is about to reopen.
A new White Castle in St. Matthews will open on Sunday.
It is located across the street from Trinity High on Shelbyville Road, where the old KFC restaurant used to be. The KFC was torn down to make way for the White Castle.
"I know what a special thing it is to have a restaurant that kids and families can enjoy together," said Bill Fowler, the president of the Chamber of St. Matthews.
Fowler was among those who cut the ribbon on Friday to pave the way for Sunday's opening.
Shawna Jones was also there.
"The old castle is the castle I started at in 1977, June 23, so it is very exciting to be at this location," she said.
Jones worked behind the counter at the old White Castle and worked her way up the corporate chain to regional director, now in charge of 40 White Castle locations.
She says the new store has an updated decor with WiFi and an open kitchen design.
"We have TV, we have music, we are trying to make it comfortable and keep up with the times, but also at the same time, remember where we came from," said Jones.
Indian Hills Mayor Tom Eifler was also at the Friday event. He used to gather with friends at the old restaurant and expects to do the same at the new one.
"We hired a photographer the last day at the old place, I've had several of them call me, so I am sure we will be here," he said.
For many years there was a White Castle at the corner of Frankfort Avenue and Chenoweth Lane. But about 12 years ago it closed because there wasn't any room for a drive-through window.
Jones said it took 12 years to find a good location to reopen in St. Matthews -- but that day will come Sunday at 9 A.M., complete with a drive-through window.
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