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DODGE CITY, KS-A&W Restaurants Inc., recently opened a 26-car stall, 2,000-sf drive-in facility at 1903 N. 14th Ave. near Hwy. 50. The drive-in, which also features nine indoor tables seating 36, is owned by franchisee Restaurant Ventures LLC.

John Hawkins, managing member of the A&W drive-in franchisee, saw opportunity in the area of Dodge City, where A&Ws used to be prevalent.

“The name recognition, the design of the structure, the quality of the food, and A&W’s aggressive growth program,” were all deciding factors in building the drive-in, Hawkins says.

Hawkins’ plans include expanding into other area communities with the A&W’s drive-in concept. A&W is the country’s first franchise restaurant chain and pioneer of Drive-In restaurants in the late 1950s and early ’60s.

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