The origin of the five holes
Like the Big Mac and the Filet-O-Fish, White Castle’s negative-space innovation came in-house from an employee suggestion.
In 1954, a burger flipper working the grill in a Cincinnati White Castle left a note in the store's suggestion box. His name was Earl Howell, and his theory stated that putting holes in White Castle's patties would help them cook faster and help the kitchen keep up with rising demand.
"At that time, we were having a major burger boom," Richardson said. "Earl was trying to figure out ways for us to get our burgers out faster because the store was having trouble keeping up with orders. We tested out his theory, and well... he was right."
By the end of the year, every White Castle patty in America had five holes in it, and Earl Howell cemented his place in the White Castle Employee Hall of Fame.
"No, we actually have a White Castle Hall of Fame, and Earl is in it," Richardson confirmed, just in case we thought he was joking.