A&W Root Beer Stands (page 1)

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A&W Root Beer was founded in 1919 with the inventions of both root beer and root beer stands. A&W continued setting trends with the very first franchising in the late 1920s. By the 1960s, A&W had 2,400 outlets nationwide. For more, see this website.

The first page of this section starts with A&W's triangular, pylon building design.

A&W Root Beer
La Crosse, WI
A&W Root Beer
Van Nuys, CA
The Root Beer Stand
Sharonville, OH
This A&W Root Beer sign in La Crosse dates from at least the early 1960s. The building was rebuilt but the sign was kept. This round logo was used before 1968 when A&W switched to the plastic oval design. I have not seen any other round signs like this on public display except for the other one in Van Nuys. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

These A&W Root Beer signs in Van Nuys are installed at the Valley Relics Museum.

The Root Beer Stand opened in 1957 as an A&W. It has been called "The Root Beer Stand" since 1982. The root beer is made on-site. There are no longer carhops. For more, see this website. [map]

Henry's Root Beer Stand (later The Stand Drive-in) [gone]
Taunton, MA


This A&W operated from the 1950s until the 1970s when the name was changed to Henry's Root Beer Stand. Henry's closed in 2007. In 2009, the drive-in reopened as The Stand Drive-in. When this 2009 photo was taken, the building was being used as an off-season Christmas tree stand. By 2012, the drive-in had been demolished and replaced with a Dunkin' Donuts.

The Root Beer Stand
South Westnedge Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI
The Root Beer Stand
Portage St.
Kalamazoo, MI
The Root Beer Stand on South Westnedge is another former A&W. I don't know if the location on Portage St. was an A&W. Both locations feature homemade root beer and car hops. [Westnedge Ave. map]; [Portage St. map]

Eddie's Drive-in
Harrison Township, MI
Eddie's Drive-in was built in 1943 as an A&W. In the early 1980s, this drive-in was known as Sheppard's and the Dawg House. It became Eddie's Drive-in in 1987. This drive-in still features car hops on roller skates. For more, see this website. [map]

former A&W Drive-in
Morrisville, VT
Roscoe's Barbeque
Rochester, MN
This former A&W Drive-in was built in 1955. It housed Munchy's when this photo was taken in 2003. In 1983, it was known as The Snack Bar. This photo is from 2004. Since 2013, the building has been occupied by Yeah Baby's BBQ-N-Grill. By 2015, it was housing Sammy's. In 2017, Ornella's Northern Italian Restaurant occupied the building for a short time. The building now houses Siam Valley Thai. [map]

Roscoe's Barbeque occupies a former A&W Drive-in. The canopy was torn down in 1981 when Roscoe's moved in. [map]

The Stand
Chisholm, MN
The Stand is a former A&W. The plastic A&W sign is still visible behind The Stand's sign on the pylon. [map]

Joe's on Main Street
Cambridge, MN
Joe's on Main Street, a former A&W Drive-in, opened in 2006. Although the building has been heavily remodeled, the pylon sign is a giveaway as to its origins. Joe's closed and, by 2016, the building was housing the Everyday Cafe. [map]

former A&W Drive-in
Lander, WY
This former A&W Drive-in now houses the Breadboard Sub Shop. [map]

former A&W Drive-in
Waukesha, WI
former A&W Drive-in
Buena Park, CA
This former A&W Drive-in in Waukesha was built in 1937. It has housed John's Root Beer since 1972. [map]

This former A&W Drive-in in Buena Park now houses the Han Yang Restaurant. [map]

former A&W Drive-in
Pomona, CA
former A&W Drive-in
Lynwood, CA
This former A&W Drive-in in Pomona now houses K&F Burger. [map]

This former A&W Drive-in in Lynwood has been here since at least 1965. The building has housed Casa Jimenez since at least 2008. [map]

A&W Drive-in
Hanford, CA
This A&W Drive-in remains a walk-up stand with a drive-in canopy and car hops. There are very few "wedge pylon" buildings still operating as A&Ws. [map]

former A&W Drive-in
Baldwin Park, CA
This former A&W Drive-in now houses Gar-Duno's Taco King. [map]

former A&W Drive-in
San Luis Obispo, CA
This former A&W Drive-in now houses Taco De Mexico. [map]

former A&W Drive-in
Mariposa, CA
former A&W Drive-in
Alturas, CA
This former A&W Drive-in in Mariposa now houses the Happy Burger Diner. [map]

This former A&W Drive-in in Alturas now houses the Lazy B Grill. [map]

former A&W Drive-in
Arvin, CA
former A&W Drive-in
Lamont, CA
These former A&W Drive-ins housed Frosty King Drive-ins. I suspect they were both owned by the same person. There are other Frosty Kings in California but these are the only two that I know of that occupy former A&Ws. The Arvin location is now housing Burger Time and has been painted orange. [Arvin map]; [Lamont map]

former A&W Root Beer
Benson, AZ
This A&W building housed Reb's Cafe & Coffee Shop from 1992-2017. It closed just a month after this photo was taken. In 2019, the building began housing Wild Dogs. In 2021, the building was gutted by a fire. [map]

former A&W Root Beer
Williamstown, MA
This A&W building housed Michael's from 1984-2011. In 2011, the building was repainted and opened as Olympic Pizza. In 2018, the pylon was removed. [map]

A&W Root Beer
Boulder City, NV
2006: 2014:
This A&W was built in 1968 and still features the old wedge style roof sign. It was repainted sometime after 2008. For more, see this website. [map]

Kluck's Drive-in
Ypsilanti, MI
Kluck's Drive-in occupies a former A&W. I believe this drive-in had been closed since 2009. These photos are from 2011. Kluck's advertised that it offered "affordable quality for over 50 years." I don't know if that means that Kluck's opened here in the 1950s or that A&W did. After leaving the A&W chain, Kluck's featured Rochester Root Beer. Kluck's reopened in 2012. [map]

former A&W Root Beer
Danville, IL
This is apparently a former A&W Root Beer. The building housed a K&W Root Beer before it closed. It had been abandoned for many years. This photo is from 2009. By 2015, the building was housing Fox Auto World and the pylon was gone. There is another used car dealership there now. [map]

former A&W Root Beer
Minden, LA
The former A&W Root Beer has been used as a used car dealership and car wash. It appears to be vacant now. [map]

Simonton Lake Drive-in
Elkhart, IL
Rick's Parkside Drive-in
Palmer, MA
The Simonton Lake Drive-in opened as an A&W in 1965. Around 1973, it became the Simonton Lake Drive-in. The "Root Beer" letters on the canopy appear to have come from a Dog N Suds. [map]

Rick's Parkside Drive-in occupies a former A&W that was built in 1958. [map]

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