Tuesday, August 16, 2011
All the Way from Wichita
According to Wikipedia, White Castle was founded in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas by Walter A. Anderson (a cook) and Edgar Waldo "Billy" Ingram (insurance man). Responding to the public's queasiness about eating ground beef following Upton Sinclair's muckraking classic, The Jungle, they wanted to "invoke a feeling of cleanliness." Thus they made sure "their restaurants were small buildings with porcelain enamel or steel exteriors, stainless steel interiors, and employees outfitted with spotless uniforms"--to draw contrast with those restaurants that outfitted their employees in spotted uniforms, I suppose.
Posted by Be the BQE at 5:00 AM