View Full Version : A&W Drive-In

10-26-2006, 08:13 PM
I had no idea these existed, but I drove by two of them on my trip. This is the one in Madisonville TN.



10-26-2006, 08:26 PM
I think A&W is owned by Yum Brands, and that they also own KFC, Long John Silvers, taco Bell,and Pizza Hut.

Before they were bought out I used 2 c A&W's like this in Oregon.

About everywhere I go on the west Coast they have new buildings housing 2, 3 and more of the above mentioned brands.

Pepsico used 2 own these restaurants B4 they spun them off, probably 2 raise money 4 Quaker/Gatorade.

Rob The SURGE Drinker
10-26-2006, 08:31 PM
we are lucky to have one of theese style places, that is not bundled with other brands, and has a drive in. pretty good food too.

10-26-2006, 08:52 PM
There is an A&W drive in about an hour from me in Cortland, NY. There used to be a Stewarts drive in in Towanda, Pa but now it is a generic place.

10-26-2006, 08:53 PM
Oh yea. For people who like stuff like this www.roadsidepeek.com (http://www.roadsidepeek.com)

Rob The SURGE Drinker
10-26-2006, 09:11 PM
oh yeah, i passed a dog n suds drive in today on my way to gurnee. i diddnt get to stop though.

[ 10-26-2006, 09:12 PM: Message edited by: Rob The SURGE Drinker ]

10-26-2006, 09:42 PM
I stopped at a "real" A&W drive-in in Austin MN (hometown of SPAM...) last month. All we have near here are the sit-down A&W/Long John Silver combinations. But the root beer is still awesome.

Indiana has got to be the mack daddy of Drive-In states, someday I want to road trip that route and OD on tenderloin and root beer.

10-26-2006, 11:08 PM
I was familiar with the sit-down type A&W Restaurants, we used to have one near where I went to college (teamtitan can back me up on that). And I have also seen the cobranded versions (usually with a LJS), but I had no idea they had drive-ins.

We used to have a Stewart's restaurant about 20 minutes from where I live, but it went generic.

Mr Zabe
10-26-2006, 11:24 PM
I grew up in near a small town named Lockport,IL.
There was a A&W drive we used to see as we traveled through the town. We use to stop in for frosty mugs of root beers. YUM This was over 30 years ago. A relic of the past, it closed and was eventually tore down. :(

[ 11-06-2006, 04:07 PM: Message edited by: Mr Zabe ]

10-27-2006, 07:31 AM
There's still an A+W drive-in/restaurant in Casper, WY, an old facility that still has the 70's-vintage statues of family of "Root Bears" holding various food/drink items on the roof of the drive-in.

10-27-2006, 08:22 AM
The first A&W I ever saw was a drivein near Grand Junction, CO, about ten years ago. Before that, I never heard of an A&W restaurant at all, though I'd had the root beer all my life.

I checked A&W's store locator (http://clients.mapquest.com/aw/mqlocator), and there does seem to still be an A&W in Grand Junction. There's also the flagship drivein (http://www.awrestaurants.com/news/clermont.htm) in Clermont, FL.

We don't have any A&W driveins around my area, but a few years ago we did start getting some restaurants. I still have to drive a little ways to get to them. Across the country, I often see them combined with Long John Silver's.

One non-beverage item really worth trying at A&W is the new fried cheese curds. We love these!

10-27-2006, 09:18 AM
We had one where I grew up, They had the best burgers and Root Beer. My favorite was a Teen Burger Basket.

11-06-2006, 03:49 PM
We use to have a drive-in A&W in Danville, IL until a few years ago - they still made their own root-beer at the store, fresh meat for burgers, etc....

But a few years ago, to keep the A&W name, they had to start using their frozen patties, and do other "updates" to the store to bring it up to how the main corporate office wants it to be. Instead of giving in, they for a year changed their name to K&W - but is now closed for good.

11-15-2006, 01:29 AM
I grew up in Southern California, and remember eating at the A&W's drive-ins in Goleta and Santa Barbara. They looked a lot like that drive-in in TN. In the 80's I went to several A&W's dine-ins in Oklahoma City and at a couple of small towns in Kansas (Iola and Wellington). I remember the Wellington KS A&W served hand cut french fries.

They opened a new A&W dine-in in Tyler TX a few years ago and I remember being very disappointed with the food - tiny buns, thin patties - cardboard fries with lots of salt on them. It was on the same level as burger king. That A&W is now a Starbucks (it was next door to a Dairy Queen..which didn't help). I was hoping that A&W would make a nice comeback, but I don't think they will. Especially now that Sonic Drive-In's are being built all over the place in Texas.