The Opening of Cleveland's First White Castle in 1987 Was the Place to Be


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Thanks to Redditor gawdlygoo, we can all now watch and enjoy a snippet from Channel 5's coverage of White Castle's Cleveland-area debut in 1987 as the burger chain opened its doors in Parma.

The magic starts pretty early — a scruffy looking Lake County resident who drove to Parma and waited in line for an hour for dozens of tasty, tasty burgers — and continues until the glorious end, wherein an intrepid Tom Shay tries to confront the manager of the McDonald's down the street about his take on the burger wars.
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