A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust

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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/10 06:59:48 (permalink)
we had a thriving a&w location in the north part of seattle that wanted to stay open, but after the yum! brands sale they were forced to shut down. around here, all a&w's are paired up with kfc or pizza hut.. all of the stand-alone a&w's were killed off. this is what happens when bean counters and "fresh thinkers" take over an existing institution....
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/10 08:11:18 (permalink)
The store locator shows the nearest A&W 103 miles from me,  I guess I won't miss them.
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/20 21:33:03 (permalink)
They should have stuck to just serving root beer.  They tried, but I thought they had poor materials to work with.  The food was just blah!  Nothing special about any item they served at all.  All they had going for them was the root beer, and it wasn't enough to keep a working restaurant with booths alive.  If they had just little one-man operation shops selling root beer, maybe that would have gone over.  But who knows?
 
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/21 05:33:23 (permalink)
the original carhop-type drive-in a&w locations were pretty good, at least as good if not better than the other fast food chains..
 
they started to suck in the late-80's.. but that one location in north seattle on highway 99 was always good, just like i remembered it when i was a kid. until the end, they still served rootbeer in those big. heavy glass mugs. and they had really good burgers and chili dogs. it was a really popular place with the locals and nobody wanted to see it go, but the new company just didn't care....
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/21 06:11:27 (permalink)
A&W is co-branded with LJS here, too.  Was there last week and the food was horrible.  I agree that Captain D's blows them out of the water.  LJS used to be great, and I miss the chicken peg legs they served years ago.
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/21 06:24:10 (permalink)
Again, we have a great A&W on the outside of Milwaukee-car hops and great food.We will miss it if it goes away...
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/21 08:10:48 (permalink)
The A&W in the Far West End of Richmond closed a couple of years ago, think it is a Gyro place now.  Too bad because it was better burgers than most places in the immediate vicinity, especially after the Bullets closed.
Most of the LJS here in Virginia that I have seen are shared with KFC, and an alarming percentage of the time the LJS part is temporarily closed or has no fish - this has been at 3 different locations, and considering the rarity I go to KFC for me to have seen each of the 3 LJS closed within the last year is pretty amazing.  Meanwhile as someone else says we have Captain D's, though of course I always forget about them.
 
Our Arby's is actually pretty good in Richmond.  The one in short pump has a very nice casual restaurant vibe and sells other food besides, they have plasma screen TVs.  The local franchisee even has CIA chefs on staff to come up with new food, and their new turkey nuggets are pretty good. Not a big chain fan nor fast food but I will go to Arby's in preference to a lot of other fast food, but only if I am in need of a drive-thru.
 
 
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/21 08:11:09 (permalink)
ann peeples

Again, we have a great A&W on the outside of Milwaukee-car hops and great food.We will miss it if it goes away...

Ann, where is the one you are referring to?
 
It looks like the one on S 27th St is closed now, at least it looked like it to me the last time I drove by. That is the only one I was aware of that still did the car hop, trays on the window thing. I think there is one in Hales Cornes, but I think that is a sit inside typical fast food type spot. My memory sucks, so I don't trust it much
 
Looks like the locator on their web site isn't working currently. None come up for me at all.
post edited by cjucoder - 2011/07/21 08:13:09
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/21 21:48:26 (permalink)
I know everybody was waiting on the edge of their seat for this, but I was back in Athens today, and that Yum!Brands wing place that I mentioned on page one of this thread is Wing Works.  It's co-branded with KFCs in several places in Texas and, apparently, at least this one place in Georgia.
 
The other Yum! brand wing "concept," Wing Street, is typically co-branded with Pizza Hut.
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/22 03:53:26 (permalink)
cj-now I am bummed. The one on 27th was the one I was referring to..Although the one in Hales Corners looks different, it still has good food. Have eaten there for years. There also was one on Forest Home Av., which was good . Not sure if they are still there.
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/22 10:37:50 (permalink)
Ann, those are all gone. There is one on I-94 in Franksville south of Milwaukee last time we went to Chicago.
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/22 17:58:38 (permalink)
Oh boy. Now I am really bummed.
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/07/23 11:37:43 (permalink)
The last A&W I saw (and it's been awhile) was in a shopping mall and they served root beer in paper cups.  Without the thick glass frosted mugs, it ain't A&W.  I never went back.
 
FTR: Stewarts still has frosty mugs and car hops.
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/08/14 23:31:20 (permalink)
There is a standalone A&W restaurant east of Union City, Ohio (on the Indiana border in Darke County northwest of Greenville) at 800 E. Elm Street (OH 47).
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Re:A & W Predicted to Bite the Dust 2011/08/15 00:36:33 (permalink)
  There was a KFC/A&W on Delaware Rt 1 in Rehoboth Beach,when I worked in Rehoboth I patronized it often but the service was truly horrible.They just couldnt do anything right,and thats a shame,on a high traffic location like that they could have cleaned up but they just did everything wrong.They finally closed down last spring and quickly debranded,somebody painted the building a weird brown and black checkerboard scheme.I said now that is really weird.
   Flashforward to May this year,I am driving thru North Cape May New Jersey and I see a building painted in the exact same (not of this world) color schemeIts not like something you would see in nature.A little GoogleMap research,and yep,it is a defunct KFC store.To me,this is creepy but maybe not so much for the KFC/YUM management.
 
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