– Bad news for anyone who relied on White Castle to create a romantic atmosphere for a Valentine’s Day meal this year: the burger chain declares its annual “fine dining” experience at select restaurants, which includes reservations, table service and many Valentine’s Day meals. -themed decorations, has been canceled due to the nationwide spike in COVID cases, CNN reports. The company says it was a tough decision to pause the tradition, which has been going on since 1991. Last year, the company took reservations for Valentine’s Day meals, but it made one outdoor event based on old-fashioned drive-ins with a carhop service. , reports People.
“We had hoped to take bookings this year, but out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our customers and team members, we have decided that the best thing to do is to focus on an experience that customers can take it with them,” White Castle executive Jamie Richardson tells CNN. This experience is the “Love Cube”, a meal for two only on February 14, available for takeout or delivery. Richardson says that for next year, the chain plans to bring back “the castle restaurant for the biggest Valentine’s Day yet!” (Read more White Castle stories.)