White Castle craves true love


Valentine’s Day decorations adorn the DeKalb White Castle.

By Katie Finlon

“True love means letting your date have the last bite.”

That’s the kind of advice that comes standard on White Castle table dressings.

White Castle, 1602 S. Sycamore Road, will host its Valentine’s Day promotion from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. today.

The goal for this tradition is for White Castle customers to have a classy eating experience while still enjoying their sliders or loaded fries, said crew manager and NIU graduate Kyle Kieninger.

“You can call or come in,” he said. “[We] just pretty much ask how many people are in your party, what time you want to come,” he said. “It’s supposed to be like a five-star restaurant for the night.”

White Castle has hosted its Valentine’s Day event for about five years.

The inspiration to host Valentine’s Day came from White Castles nation-wide attempting to host wedding receptions. The idea to host Valentine’s Day took off from there.

“And of course, why not come here for Valentine’s Day?” Kieninger said. “Tradition; celebrate 90 years with us.”

Sophomore history major Hanna Peiffer said she may not like the food at White Castle, but she enjoys the idea of making the lobby into a fancy restaurant.

“I love the fact that it’s considered 5-star for the night,” Peiffer said. “I like how it’s different from a normal Valentine’s Day. It seems fun and spontaneous.”