Maywood Mayor Cooks And Serves Up White Castle For Nat’l Hamburger Month

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, far right, the mayor’s administrative assistant Jonette Greenhow and store manager Debra Glover pack a box of burgers at White Castle in Maywood on May 30. | VFP

The employees at White Castle, located at 211 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Maywood, got creative for National Hamburger Month.

On May 30, they invited Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins to cook and serve up those famous miniature burgers that are, quite literally, “steam-grilled on a bed of onions,” explained John Littig, a district supervisor with the restaurant who oversee nine White Castle locations.

The beef patties are punctured with five holes so that both sides of the meat can cook thoroughly without being flipped over (the holes allow the steam to cook the side that isn’t on the grill).

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Perkins hands a customer their order at the window of White Castle in Maywood. | VFP 

“We’re celebrating National Hamburger Month and so we’ve asked dignitaries and village officials to come out, learn the process and meet our team,” Littig said. “It’s also good for the store managers to meet the mayor and officials, and to get some community involved. It’s all about developing those relationships.”

Perkins said that store manager Debra Glover, who has been employed with White Castle for 30 years, approached her about the opportunity.

On Wednesday, the Roosevelt Road restaurant was turned into a scene out of “Undercover Boss” (with obvious exceptions) as the mayor and Littig blended into a small crew of roughly five.

Perkins gets a lesson on cooking White House burgers on May 30. | VFP 

Littig said that the store, which was once a Checkers, employs 22 people — 95 percent of whom live in Maywood and surrounding villages.

Littig himself worked his way up to his position over a 30-year career. Another crew member, 29-year-old Rosheda Brownridge, has been working at the store for 14 years. It was her very first job. They all said that they stayed because of the work environment and the people.

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Perkins, third from left, with her assistant, Jonette Greenhow, and White House crew workers during a visit on May 30. | VFP 

“This is awesome,” said Perkins. “To have them here for so long, and for them to enjoy it so much, is awesome. That’s why the service is good. They work with a smile.”

Perkins, a former post office employee, said that she’s never worked in the fast food industry, but her son and husband both did.

“I have a fond admiration for what they do,” Perkins said. VFP 

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