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A&W Restaurants, Inc. is a fast-food restaurant chain that is widely known for its root beer, root beer floats and burgers. It’s based in Lexington, Kentucky, United States and has more than 1,000 locations worldwide. About 600 of these locations are found in the U.S.

What time does A&W open?

Monday06:00AM – 11:00PM 
Tuesday06:00AM – 11:00PM 
Wednesday06:00AM – 11:00PM 
Thursday06:00AM – 11:00PM 
Friday06:00AM – 11:00PM 
Saturday06:00AM – 11:00PM 
Sunday06:00AM – 11:00PM 

Is A&W open today? Is A&W open tomorrow?

Is A&W open on Sunday? Yes, it is open

A&W closing time

What time does A&W close? It closes at 11 PM

History of the A&W

A&W traces its roots to 1919. Roy W. Allen had a roadside drink stand that offered participants of a World War I parade a thick creamy drink, and root beer. The parade was held in Lodi California to honor veterans returning from Word War I. 

Allen partnered with his employee Frank Wright in 1922 and opened the first restaurant in 1923. The restaurant was based in Sacramento, California and was named using the initials of the two founders’ last names – Allen and Wright. 

The restaurant soon became popular in America for its frosty mugs which were first put in a freezer and then filled with root beer. The restaurant also provided curbside services which were availed by tray boys and girls. 

Allen purchased Wright’s stake in the business in 1924. He then started to franchise the root beer in 1925. Franchisees were allowed to add menu items to the root beer and operate at their own discretion. Allen later retired and sold the company in 1950.

A&W expanded exponentially in the 1950s and 1960s. Franchisees were signing contracts of between 20 and 25 years under an older model. By 1956, the company had expanded to Canada. It had 2,000 restaurants by 1960. The following years saw it branch into markets outside the U.S. such as Malaysia and the Philippines. 

A&W was sold in 1963, and sold again in 1967 to United Fruit Co. It was later purchased by Unilever in 1972. By 1974, the company had 2,400 stores worldwide. Branches started to close after a while due to inconsistencies in operations, discontent by franchisees and lawsuits. This led the company to adopt a modern style franchise agreement that had new standards and royalty payments. 

The company would later be sold to A. Alfred Taubman who placed it under Taubman Investment Co. in 1982. Chains dropped to less than 500 locations after most franchisees refused to renew their contracts. 

Sidney Feltenstein bought A&W from Taubman in 1995. A&W then merged with Long John to form Kentucky-based Yorkshire Global Restaurants. Yorkshire was bought by Tricon Global in 2002 and changed its name to Yum! Brands. Yum! Brands sold A&W to A Great American Brand in December 2011. 

A&W Holiday Hours – Open

DateHoliday
January 21Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 14Valentine’s Day
February 18President’s Day
March 5Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday
March 17St. Patrick’s Day
April 19Good Friday
April 22Easter Monday
May 5Cinco de Mayo
May 27Memorial Day
July 04Independence Day
September 02Labor Day
June 16Father’s Day
May 12Mother’s Day
October 14Columbus Day
October 31Halloween
November 11Veterans Day
November 29Black Friday
December 24Christmas Eve
December 26Day after Christmas
January 01New Year’s Day
December 31New Year’s Eve

A&W Holiday Hours – Closed

DateHoliday
April 21Easter Sunday
November 28Thanksgiving Day
December 25Christmas Day

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Business Directions

A&W Restaurants, Inc. is distinguished by its root beer floats, burgers and draft root beer. Other menu items sold alongside its beer include chicken, cheeseburgers, fries, hot dogs, soft drinks, tea, and corn dogs.

Key Facts

A&W was the first franchise chain of restaurants to turn 100 in June, 2019. It also made a comeback to Singapore in April of the same year after being away for 16 years. One of its most memorable offerings are four hamburger choices that were introduced in 1963. The hamburgers took a family setup where there was Papa Burger, Mama Burger, Teen Burger, and Baby Burger. 

Conclusion

A&W is arguably America’s oldest and first franchised chain of restaurants. It makes its root beer from water, real cane sugar, and a blend of spices, herbs, berries, and bark. This is served alongside delicious and tasty chicken tenders, burgers, and fries. 

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