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Thursday, June 09, 2005
Amburgers & Wootbeer by Expat
The year 1956 marked the opening of Canada's first A&W drive-in restaurant, which was located on Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The combination of a frosty mug of rootbeer, onion rings, and burgers was an instant success and the chain quickly spread across Canada. Today there are over 600 A&W restaurants in Canada, spanning from coast to coast.
Canadians are very familiar with A&W's burger family, consisting of Grandpa, Papa, Mama, Teen, and Baby burgers, and as such, may be surprised to learn that the menu at American A&W restaurants is somewhat different from that found north of the 49th. Here in the States, the beloved burger family has been dropped in favour of a more generic sounding menu. Therefore, Canadian Expatriates is providing this link to A&W copy cat recipes so that hungry 'Nuks living abroad can still partake of that marvelous marketing gimmick - a burger specially designed for each member of your family (including a Whistle Dog for Spot).
We have a small A&W in the food court of our mall but other than that, I haven't seen one in ages. I can remember being a kid and my parents taking me there. I thought it was so cool how they brought your food out to you instead of you going in. I miss those days.
Hey do you by chance remember the Red Barn? Just another place I can remember from childhood :)
A&W is the bomb, but 'Nuks can not take credit for it. :(
Roy Allen (an American) made his first batch of rootbeer in 1919 and proceeded to sell the beverage at two California rootbeer stands. In 1922, he took on a partner, Frank Wright, and expanded on the idea, eventually opening frachises across the US and turning it into the A&W we are familiar with today.
The first A&W outside of the US was the Winnipeg location, which opened in 1956.
Kim, I remember going to the A&W drive-in when I was a kid too. It was such a big deal. Here, A&W shares their building with Long John Silver's. It is just not the same as going to the drive-in. To make up for that though, we do have Sonic drive-ins. Sonic is awesome, especially their Diet Cherry Limeade!