White Castle Eyed for Route 18

Developer wants approval to build a White Castle in the parking lot near K-Mart and Home Space.

In the mood for a slider? Well, if Belmont Realty Associates has its way, you won’t have to look far.

The group is seeking preliminary site plan approval to build a 2,580-square-foot White Castle with a drive through  on a 18.443-acre parcel of “underutilized parking lot” just north of and south of .

According to plans on file at the township Planning Department, the restaurant would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and employ six to eight people per shift, with about three shifts per 24 hours.

In the area right now are about 963 parking spaces. The plans call for removing 76 and installing another 43 for 891 parking spaces.

The application will be before the Planning Board on July 25.

Now that you know about White Castle, how about you tell us which FAST FOOD place has your favorite burger!

Madzi June 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM
"Employ six to eight people per "....what??? Although, quite frankly, that about sums it up as far as the quality of THAT food.
John Saccenti (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Typo fixed. Thank you SO MUCH. John
Dolores Parker June 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM
my favorite burger ever is White Rose on Woodbridge Ave. but I would not mind a White Castle, for the fried clams
Barbara Pollak June 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Just what EB needs, another low-class establishment.
John Romano June 12, 2012 at 01:07 PM
....quite indicative of the demographic which retailers & end-users now see as being the predominant East Brunswick shopping patron.
Martin Spielman June 12, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I'm not opposed to White Castle because it will bring in a meager amount of jobs and revenue, but I would prefer a Red Robin. The store in South Plainfield has great chicken and burgers.
Susan Jaffe Pober June 12, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Exactly what I was thinking!
Susan Jaffe Pober June 12, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Wouldn't it be nice to have a nice business that wasn't just another chain store? I think we have an over-abundance of those.
Miriam Stein June 12, 2012 at 03:27 PM
This is terrible news. How can we ever hope to attract a decent Food Market such as Wegman's or Trader Joe's if we allow these trashy establishments to gain access to the Route 18 corridor? Don't we have enough unhealthy food purveyors all ready?
Jon June 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
these complainers must be people over 40... a white castle on 18 would honestly make a ton of business, especially being open 24/7. Got to accept the reality that alot of kids these days are out and about very late at night and want cheap food thats decent...
John Romano June 12, 2012 at 04:23 PM
.....apparently if the town is entertaining a site plan approval...there must be a site plan. I want the town planning board to make the site plan available on their web site. I want to see what "under-utilized" parking they are talking about. I want to see what hoops the town is making..or not making them jump thru regarding landscape and traffic control.
Patty June 12, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Has anybody looked at our under 35 age group? Obesity is an epidemic! That type of food should not be eaten by any human. Between the sedentary lifestyles of today and that type of so called food, it's a disaster already happening and it's only going to get worse. Plant some trees instead, or make a public garden!!
PR June 12, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Why dont they fill up the already vacant fast food business just north of there?? Why build another one that will eventually be empty??
PR June 12, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Why dont they fill up the already vacant fast food business just north of there?? Why build another one that will eventually be empty??
John Romano June 12, 2012 at 10:50 PM
....as much as that seems to make sense...the cost of retro-fitting an existing building to conform with certain corporate standards, often exceeds that of building a new out-of-ground facility.
Christopher June 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Oy, what a shame. It's a race to the bottom of the barrel, I guess. Whoever runs for government next in East Brunswick should run on the slogan, "We can do SO MUCH BETTER."
RH June 13, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Finally!!!!!!!!!! I guess to all those nay sayers, 2 Mc D's, 2 BK's, and a Wendy's is OK. But WC comes in and there goes the neighborhood. Existing empty black top bringing in zero tax revenue is better I suppose than the evil WC empire. And if you do not like the food, no one is making you eat it. To all those people who have some kind of idealistic picture of what rt 18 should look like, don't you think these stores you so espouse would come here if they wanted to? People are so naive when it comes to what their elected officials can do. Sometimes they can be instrumental in bringing in a business(or keeping one). But they are not magicians people. If there is no market for a WC then the store will close. If it thrives then enough people thought it was a good idea. RH
Martin Spielman June 13, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Very good point. A good test of transparency.
Ralph Wiggums June 13, 2012 at 03:49 AM
People have free will. Not putting a White Castle there isn't going to solve the nation's fat problem....especially when there are fast food joints already up and down the highway. It's already paved. Not sure you're going to just be able to put in trees there or a public garden. Can't see people pulling off of Rt. 18 to hang out in a public garden with cars whizzing by at 50 MPH. At least they're thinking of an establishment that doesn't already have a location too close and will probably do some business.
Christopher June 13, 2012 at 03:51 AM
You sound like a lobbyist, RH.
Ralph Wiggums June 13, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I agree with you. I like the Mom and Pop run places that aren't owned by a corporation, but I can't see Joe Average being able to take that financial risk to pay rent for a location that probably commands a high premium.
Ralph Wiggums June 13, 2012 at 03:56 AM
I know people that absolutely love that place. I personally can't stand it. I ate there a couple of times and found the burgers to be mostly bun with warm, wilted lettuce, and it made me sick to my stomach within an hour of consumption. However, at least it's an independent place and with the popularity of the place I acknowledge that it's probably just a personal thing that I can't stomach that place. Everybody I know is either on one side or the other in regards to White Rose. Makes for great debate and good conversation. :)
Eddie June 13, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Good, then I don't have to drive to New Brunswick for a Crave Case.
RH June 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM
No CK. Just a realist. Although I do love sliders.
Christopher June 14, 2012 at 01:22 AM
A Krystal Burger would have at least made it more interesting.
East Brunswick resident June 29, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Good Point. Obviously the EB area does not like any sort of healthy eating since Pollo Tropical wasn't good enough for them, didnt strive long enough to stay open.
Dan F July 24, 2012 at 02:22 PM
To East Brunswick Resident, Pollo Tropical pulled out of New Jersey altogether. All 5 or 6 of their NJ stores closed at the same time.
Norman September 06, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Hey EB resident the reason Pollo closed down was their food was crap. Just a pile of "mush" served up in a bowl.
Norman September 06, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Dan F see my comment above the reason Pollo closed down was their food was crap.
olbluballs May 20, 2013 at 01:30 AM
i wish the grease trucks would come to rt 18


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