White Tower Hamburgers
If a hamburger joint named “White Tower” brings to mind any other ivory-castle themed burger spots, then you’re not alone. White Tower was founded in 1926, directly lifting the theme of the already-existing burger chain White Castle, right down to medieval-style decor in its locations. They even had a similar slogan: “Buy ’em by the sack,” versus White Castle’s “Take Home a Bagful.”
White Tower managed to open 120 locations before White Castle sued them in the 1930s. The company was forced to pay White Castle $82 thousand and change the look of their locations, which switched over to an art deco style. The new iteration of White Tower was a success, with the chain peaking at 230 locations in the 1950s.
However, business declined in the second half of the century, and the last White Tower closed in Toledo, Ohio in 2004.