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Arizona’s first White Castle opens this week in Scottsdale

PHOENIX — Arizonans will soon have another option for satisfying hamburger cravings.

The state’s first White Castle is set to open in Scottsdale on Oct. 23. It has hired 130 people since the Ohio-based company announced plans for it in August 2018.

The restaurant at The Block at Pima Center, a new retail development at Loop 101 and Via de Ventura near Talking Stick Resort, will open at 8 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

White Castle, founded in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921, operates in 13 states with nearly 400 locations, most of which are open 24 hours a day.

Its menu features breakfast and a variety of sliders — including ham, chicken, fish and black bean — but it’s the burgers that have developed a cult following.

The Original Slider is a simple 2-by-2-inch steam-grilled beef patty served with onions and pickle on a bun.

In 2014, Time magazine called the item “the most influential burger of all time.”

Customers often purchase the morsels — which can be gobbled in a few bites, or less — by the sack, rather than individually.

Frozen versions of the burgers have been available at grocery stores nationally for years.

The Scottsdale location will be its first company-owned store west of the Mississippi River.

The closest White Castle for Arizonans has been in Las Vegas.

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