White Castle may not be the typical Valentine's Day date spot, but since 1991, the burger chain has celebrated the holiday by hosting a "fine dining" experience.
Due to COVID-19 cases rising with the omicron variant, White Castle decided to cancel its "fine dining" event this year. Instead, they are offering a new "Love Cube" meal for two deal, along with other Valentine's Day specials.
"It was a difficult decision for the 101-year-old family business, which has been celebrating Valentine's Day with its customers since 1991 by transforming its dining rooms into fine dining establishments complete with hostess seating, tableside service and festive holiday décor," White Castle said in a statement.
"We had hoped to take reservations this year, but out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our customers and team members, we decided the best thing to do is shift our focus to an experience that customers can take with them," Jamie Richardson, vice president at White Castle, said. "Next year, though, we have every intention of bringing back the in-Castle dining for the biggest Valentine's Day yet!"
The "Love Cube" deal includes eight Cheese Sliders, two small soft drinks and a choice of two shareable sides. It will be available only on Feb. 14 for delivery and carryout, while supplies last.
The meal will cost $14.99 in all markets, except for Louisville and Nashville, where it'll cost $14.69.
"In recent conversations with customers, our Cravers have let us know they love our sides and appreciate the variety we offer, so we're responding by creating our first-ever customizable meal for two," Richardson said.
Additionally, White Castle will release a new a dessert-on-a-stick on Valentine's Day. A strawberry swirl cheesecake, featuring a swirl of strawberry filling and a chocolate cookie crust, joins their other deserts on sticks - the fudge-dipped brownie and gooey butter cake.
White Castle is also offering free delivery on Valentine's Day through its delivery partners on orders of $15 or more. White Castle Craver Nation members can also get 20% off on all mobile orders through April 17.