A&W Restaurants News

Founded: 1919

A&W® All American Food® is famous for serving a signature frosty mug root beer float and All American pure-beef hamburgers and hot dogs.

A&W Restaurants is celebrating its 105th birthday with a sweet new offering for America's often overlooked Greatest Generation.
June 10th, 2024
A&W Restaurants is thrilled to announce the addition of four new franchise owners.
February 7th, 2024
A&W Restaurants, the classic American franchise, is coming to Belleville at 648 Carlyle Ave on October 17th.
October 7th, 2022
Ten years ago this month, the future of America’s oldest chain restaurant franchise was in question.
December 10th, 2021
A&W, the 500-plus-unit restaurant franchise with nearly 300 standalone restaurants in markets across the country, is returning to Arnold.
October 1st, 2021
After spending more than 30 years helping restaurant companies find sites and build locations in Chicago, local real estate developer Lee Fry Companies, Inc. is turning the tables and operating its own A&W restaurants.
August 30th, 2021
A&W Restaurants will soon open franchised restaurants in two of America’s fastest growing regions - Charlotte, North Carolina and Las Vegas, Nevada. It also is adding a location in St. Louis, Missouri.
July 19th, 2021
A&W signed development agreements with two new operators, while three current franchise partners committed to additional locations.
May 24th, 2021
Same-store sales at A&W’s U.S. single-brand franchised restaurants grew 9.7% last year, marking the ninth straight year of annual comp sales growth.
March 1st, 2021
A&W Restaurants is closing in on its best annual comp-sales performance in five years, having posted a 13.5% increase in September.
November 24th, 2020
August sales at franchised A&W Restaurants grew 8.2% over last year, following double-digit increases in February, May, June and July.
October 8th, 2020
Sales at franchised A&W restaurants soared 12% in July, the third straight month of double-digit same-store sales growth.
September 3rd, 2020
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The strong performance comes as the iconic brand prepares to expand its convenience store and travel center presence from coast to coast with eight new franchised locations.
July 24th, 2020
A&W Restaurants is expanding from California to New York and from Louisiana to Minnesota, the result of agreements signed with 10 new franchisees.
June 24th, 2020
A&W Restaurants posted double-digit, year-over-year sales in May, with some franchise locations doubling their sales.
June 10th, 2020
A&W’s newest restaurant is located in the historic Wild West town of Tonopah, Nevada, inside the Mizpah Club casino.
March 4th, 2020
A&W is now selling plant-based Beyond Burgers in participating restaurants coast-to-coast. After testing Beyond Burgers last year, the popular chain is now making it available to locations nationwide.
February 24th, 2020
A&W Restaurants’ momentum continued in 2019 – its centennial year – with a 2.7% jump in same-store sales, making it the eighth straight year of growth.
February 11th, 2020
As it approaches its 100th anniversary, DAV is benefiting from the fundraising efforts of another 100-year-old brand: A&W Restaurants.
January 2nd, 2020
With its eighth straight year of increased system-wide sales coming to a close, A&W Restaurants is preparing for more growth in 2020 with several leadership promotions, new staff positions and a larger support center.
December 19th, 2019
As A&W celebrates its centennial, the company is preparing for its next century with the opening this month of a new national learning center and prototype restaurant in Richmond, Kentucky.
November 25th, 2019
A&W - America’s first franchise restaurant chain - is adding another first: Nutter Butter® Creme Treats made with Oreo® cookie pieces.
August 2nd, 2019
A&W Restaurants nationwide will give away free Root Beer Floats and collect donations for Disabled American Veterans (DAV) on National Root Beer Float Day, Tuesday, August 6.
July 8th, 2019

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