Yes Cleveland, There Is An Authentic A & W Root Beer Drive-In Still Around!

It was earlier in the week, August 31st, when I came across a piece of Americana that I haven’t seen since the 70’s! A full functioning, up to par, untouched by modernization, set me back in time, A & W Drive in! Take a peek for yourself!

3rd annual cruise night at Ted & Alma's A&W Root Beer Drive-In in Ravenna.

3rd annual cruise night at Ted & Alma’s A&W Root Beer Drive-In in Ravenna.

I had the opportunity to meet Ted and Elma Rowen.  They have been the owners of this drive in since 1971.  It is located at 769 East Main Street in Ravenna.  The drive-in has been there since 1956.  It is truly a step back in time.  Here is Ted and Elma:

Ted & Elma Rowen. Owners of A & W Root Beer Drive-In located at 769 East Main Street in Ravenna.

Ted & Elma Rowen. Owners of A & W Root Beer Drive-In located at 769 East Main Street in Ravenna.

Here’s a look inside of their awesome A & W Drive-In:

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Ted & Elmas A & W Drive-In: 769 E. Main St. Ravenna, OH

Ted & Elmas A & W Drive-In: 769 E. Main St. Ravenna, OH

Ted & Elma, great owners with a friendly staff ready to serve you the greatest food you can get.  In fact, when talking to Elma, she told me that the Chili dogs that they serve are from a recipe that her Grandmother gave her.  Its all in the family at Elma’s A & W.  I talked to Valerie, one of the staff, she told me that “Strangers leave as friends and friends leave as family.”  Elma did tell me that most of their staff are either family or very close friends of the family.  Service that is second to none, with great food and beverage!  You can’t go wrong there gang!  Go there and check it our for yourself.  P.S.  I got the PAPA Burger and Fries with a Root Beer Float.  And then a Root Beer with a Chili Dog!  WOW! Can’t wait to get back there again!

 

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