A&W Coming to Mankato: Root Beer Floats & Papa Burgers:

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(Mankato, MN) – It looks like the food court at the River Hills Mall in Mankato will soon have a new option for shoppers.

A local ad for help wanted says an A&W restaurant, known for its root beer floats and Papa Burgers, is coming to the mall and is currently seeking managerial staff. The ad says those applying must be available to travel out of state for training from July 16th – 26th.

A&W officials would not yet confirm, except to tell SMT “we are in discussions with a potential franchise partner in this (Mankato) area” and an official announcement will hopefully be made “very soon.”

There are currently just a handful of A&W restaurants serving up “All American Food” in southern Minnesota, in places like Faribault, Hayfield, Rochester, Spring Valley and Winona.

Last spring, the more than 600 A&W restaurants nationwide again started making their own root beer. That had been done in the past, but mostly abandoned in recent years in the name of an easier, bag-in-the-box variety.

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