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Cash Required

$150,000 - $250,000

Total Startup Investment

$269,000 - $1,213,000

Net Worth Required

Year Founded

1919

Franchising Since

1925

Franchising Locations

587

A&W Restaurants: The Iconic American Brand - Now Franchising in Your Area!

America’s first and oldest restaurant chain founded in 1919, A&W still makes Root Beer fresh in each restaurant and served in a frosty mug alongside 100% U.S. Beef burgers, Hand-Breaded chicken tenders, Wisconsin White Cheddar Cheese Curds and other All American Food® favorites.

Recently recognized as a Top Food Franchise by Franchise Business Review, A&W Restaurants, Inc. is seeking franchisees to join our 100-year old A&W family.  Since being purchased by a partnership of domestic and international franchisees in 2011, we have set our sights on being a world-class franchise organization.  Average comp sales are up 33% since 2011 and our number one goal is to continue to grow profitable same-store sales.  We utilize a strategic brand partnership with Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, one of the largest supplier and distributors in the world, providing the lowest food, paper and equipment costs possible to our franchisees.  We are actively seeking to grow throughout the U.S. capitalizing on our “hip nostalgia” brand heritage. 

“Quality is a long-term defensible position for A&W,” says CEO Kevin Bazner, who as the former president of A&W joined with a group of franchisees to acquire it from Yum Brands in late 2011. Since then the leadership team has been working to reshape the brand for the future with new menu items such as hand-breaded chicken tenders, premium sides—$3.99 cheese curds, “not a 99-cent French fry”—and a focus on highlighting its made-fresh root beer served in the classic frosted mug.

"Root beer is a major point of differentiation, and A&W is bringing back the draft arm and the “theater of the pour” in its restaurants. It’s just one way the Lexington, Kentucky-based brand is rebuilding on customers’ memories and “reaching into our past. And the report card shows it’s working.” - CEO Kevin Bazner

You’ll find we’re more than just a place for a frosty mug of Root Beer and a great meal.  We’re A&W Restaurants, and we’re inviting you to be part of something bigger than just owning a business.  We’re inviting you to be part of the A&W family.  Create your own A&W memories for yourself and your community.