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Drive-in Eateries Southern California

 

A&W Root Beer
Buena Park, CA
Photo courtesy Louis Di Fazio

When you think of root beer floats, what name pops into your mind? Yes, of course. A&W Root Beer! Although A&W root beer stands are dropping like flies, there are still some around to quench your thirst.

 

 

A&W Root Beer (1965)
Hawthorne, CA
Photo courtesy Pat Underwood

Here's a photo of the A&W Root Beer stand in Hawthorne, CA. This photo from 1965 shows the drive-in busy with hungry patrons.

 

 

A&W Root Beer
Ontario, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Here's the last of the drive-in eateries with 24 hour carhop service in Southern California. The A&W Root Beer in Ontario shut its doors for the last time on April 30, 2006 due to a drop in business. Another roadside treasure becomes only a memory. 05-06

(Far left) A close-up of the A&W marquee as it stands by the roads for the last time

(Near left) The drive-in busy on its last day

 

For more information and photos, see Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures feature on the A&W Drive-in.

 

 

Dopey's Drive-in (Demolished)
Culver City, CA
Photos and info courtesy Adriene Biondo

Culver Carburetors, which had been Dopey's Drive-In originally, was leveled. 05-08

 

 

 

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