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Love and sliders

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

We enjoyed “Romance was in the air at White Castle” (by Liz Rhoades, Feb. 20, multiple editions). Your story brought back great memories for us. We were present that same day at 5 p.m. to consume sliders and fries for Valentine’s Day.

Your story brought back great memories. In the early 1960s, Larry’s parents would take him to the same White Castle. In those days, there was no seating area, just one long counter. Sliders were 7 cents, or 14 cents for a double. As he got older, White Castle would become a late-night stop for a quick snack before going home.

Prior to our 1997 wedding, Frank Sinatra was quoted in GQ magazine saying he would always have White Castle hamburgers flown in to any performances in Las Vegas. We honored the “Chairman of the Board” and had 200 sliders delivered to the Sky Line Princess in Flushing as part of our wedding reception.

Fast forward to today. The owners of White Castle provide a reasonably priced night on the town for those on a budget wanting to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We enjoyed watching all the young couples, especially those with kids, having a great time. It gives us an opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day twice — once at White Castle and the next day at a more traditional restaurant. Seating the day after Valentine’s Day at any restaurant is much easier and your visit is appreciated even more.

We celebrate Valentine’s Day every day but look forward to another one at our favorite Bayside White Castle in 2015!

Larry and Wendy Penner
Great Neck

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