We knew this was in the works, but it still comes as kind of a shock: The White Castle in Williamsburg has closed, Gothamist reported. This is the one fairly far out near the intersection of Bushwick Avenue and Metropolitan, where a tiny park and a plaque marks where Bushwick was founded in 1661.
“The location opened in 1992, back when Williamsburg was a gritty, yet nurturing melting pot for working class Brooklynites and Pavement fans alike, a place infinitely, ineluctably better than the place that exists today,” said Gothamist.
Developer 781 Metro Investors bought the property at 781 Metropolitan Avenue last year for $6,720,000. No demo or building permits have been filed, but a mixed-use building here would make sense. The current building is only taking up a tiny part of the lot, which has a FAR of 4 and 45,788 buildable square feet. It’s zoned R6B.
White Castle has promised to open another location in Williamsburg.
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