A&W Root Beer
Thursday, May 13 at 7:46 a.m.
Roy Allen made a living buying and selling hotels...until he met an old soda fountain operator who gave him a formula for root beer. With Prohibition looming on the horizon, Allen decided there was a market for a root beer stand that looked like a saloon. The first stand, opened in Lodi, California, in 1919, proved him right. And when America went dry in 1920, root beer sales took off. Business was so good that Allen opened a second stand and made one of his employees, Frank Wright, a partner, renaming the company A&W, after their own initials.