LEXINGTON, Ky. – As A&W celebrates its centennial, the company is preparing for its next century with the opening of a new national learning center and restaurant in Richmond on Nov. 6.
Located at 2003 Lantern Ridge Drive, the brand new 56-seat, freestanding restaurant with drive-thru features A&W’s latest interior and exterior “hip nostalgia” design. It also is the new home of A&W University, an educational resource center for new franchisees and team members from around the country.
“For a number of reasons, Richmond was the ideal site for this important new restaurant,” said CEO Kevin Bazner. “There’s strong community support for A&W, and from a sales perspective, the location mirrors others around the country that have been very successful.”
The new A&W University features a classroom setting along with hands-on experience in the Richmond restaurant, allowing participants to master A&W’s operational standards.
The new Richmond A&W restaurant is approximately one mile from a previous combination A&W-Long John Silver’s at 530 Eastern Bypass. Only the Long John Silver’s remains open at that location.
A&W Restaurant hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A&W’s full “All American Food” menu is available, including new limited-time Sriracha Cheese Curds, and, of course, Root Beer that is made fresh in the restaurant.
The new Richmond A&W will host a community appreciation celebration in the spring of 2020.
“A&W is the first American restaurant chain to hit the century mark,” Bazner added. “This restaurant and learning center are very important to our ability to thrive for the next 100 years, and we’re very excited that it is in Richmond.”
A&W was founded in Lodi, California, in 1919. Today there are about 1,000 restaurants worldwide.