[Ans] What do the "A" and "W" in A&W Root Beer stand for?

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[Ans] What do the “A” and “W” in A&W Root Beer stand for?

In 1919, Roy W. Allen opened a roadside root beer stand in Lodi, California, using a formula that he had purchased from a pharmacist. The following year, Allen teamed up with Frank Wright and combined their initials to create the A&W brand. In 1924, Allen bought Wright out of the business and began selling restaurant franchises — creating one of the first restaurant chains in the United States. It is a popular misconception that the initials were derived from Alice and J. Willard Marriott. This mistake stems from the fact that Marriott’s first business, was an A&W franchise he purchased in Washington, D.C.

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