It’s Official: A&W is Coming to Mankato

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(Mankato, MN) – Great news for local lovers of root beer floats and papa burgers…it’s now confirmed – A&W will again be setting up shop in Mankato.

SMT first reported in May the likely coming of the A&W, but company officials just today confirmed that a franchise agreement has finally been signed. The Mankato A&W will be located in the River Hills Mall.

As for now, it’s unclear when it’ll open, but it could be as early as this fall. “It will be a much quicker build than most because it is going into an existing space and not a ground up build,” said A&W officials.

There are currently around 630 A&W locations in the U.S. serving up “All American Food.” In southern Minnesota, that includes places like Faribault, Hayfield, Rochester, Spring Valley and Winona.

Last spring, 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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