A&W, the popular American fast-food restaurant chain, was indeed founded in 1919. The first A&W root beer stand was established by Roy W. Allen and Frank Wright in Lodi, California. The name “A&W” comes from the initials of their last names. The duo began by selling a homemade root beer concoction, which became quite popular.
A&W is credited with being one of the earliest franchised restaurant chains in the United States. Over the years, the company expanded its menu to include not only root beer but also various fast-food items such as burgers, hot dogs, and fries. A&W has become a well-known and beloved brand with a rich history in the American fast-food industry.