Did You Know? The White Castle burger chain was the first fast-food restaurant opened in Wichita, Kansas in March of 1921. White Castle’s original chain only started with a capital of $700. The founders, Walter Anderson and Billy Ingram incorporated the business in 1924 and called it the White Castle System of Eating Houses Corporation. It has a distinct castle-look design for its restaurant. But the name White Castle signifies its original mission and values–White for cleanliness and Castle for permanence and strength.