Tuesday, March 10, 1998

CITY PAGES
Shuttering Slyder Central
Most mornings, you'll find Vern Ehlers, Bert Westerberg, and Harold Wilson at the White Castle on Lake and 36th. They'll talk for hours at the table next to the tiny rest rooms. But they don't spend much money.

Ehlers, 71, is the baby of the bunch; today he put 76 cents towards one egg, one slice of toast, and one coffee. The bespectacled Westerberg, 78, is nursing a 42-cent cup of joe. "Make sure you put down 'senior coffee,'" Westerberg instructs a reporter.

The store's best customer, 92-year-old Harold Wilson, just left. Friends say he's visited twice daily since this location opened in December 1962.

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