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Batavia White Castle closes

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 12:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 9:01 a.m. CDT
(Sandy Bressner –
The White Castle in Batavia has closed after 12 years in business. Signs on the doors and windows direct customers to visit two White Castles in Aurora.

BATAVIA – The Batavia White Castle closed sometime last week, City Administrator Bill McGrath said. The restaurant first opened at 76 S. Randall Road in 2001.

McGrath said he knew about the closing through a friend, then heard from police and others who verified the friend’s account of an empty White Castle building. As of Tuesday morning, he said the city has not had any contact from the privately-owned company about the Batavia location.

“We just haven’t heard anything from anybody,” McGrath said. “There’s not even a ‘For Sale’ sign out there.”

McGrath said any future developers likely would demolish the existing White Castle building because of its unique castle shape.

The company is referring its Batavia customers to the two nearest White Castle locations in Aurora – 1219 N. Lake Street and 444 N. Route 59, according to White Castle’s website.

A call to the restaurant’s Batavia number rang repeatedly with no message. A phone message left for a White Castle spokeswoman was not immediately returned Tuesday.

White Castle joins the other recent Batavia restaurant closings of The Honey-Jam Cafe on Randall Road in October, and the Route 31 Burger King in July.

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