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Birthplace of A&W Root Beer

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Lodi, California

A small plaque set into a sidewalk marks the site of Roy W. Allen's first roadside root beer stand, which opened on June 20, 1919. He bought his top secret formula from a pharmacist in Arizona, who claimed he had perfected the recipe for root beer. Allen sold the concoction for a nickel a frosty mug, Prohibition boosted sales, and in 1923 he opened his first drive-in (in Sacramento). By 1930 he had nearly 200.

An A&W near the plaque features displays of company memorabilia, and still offers curbside service.

Birthplace of A&W Root Beer

13 Pine St., Lodi, CA
Downtown. Plaque is set into the sidewalk, next to a fireplug, on the north side of W. Pine St. midway between N. School St. and N. Sacramento St. The restaurant with displays is a half-mile southeast, at 216 E. Lodi Ave.
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