- -30- then and now (8/22/18)2
- Meet Mable at Mable's Cafe in Chaffee (8/20/18)
- Willow Grove Rockets Skate Club (8/15/18)
- Central Municipal Pool built in 1979 (8/13/18)
- Hecht's Store founder returns to Main street (8/8/18)
- Land acquired to build SEMO Port (8/6/18)
- St. Vincent's Seminary ends after 136 years (8/1/18)
June 6, 1982 Southeast Missourian
Popp's A&W Drive-In
The business, located at 335 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, started Memorial Day, 1960, noted as a drink stand, closing three months each year. We remodeled in 1970, built a dining room in 1975, open year around for your personal dining pleasure. We specialize in cold frostie mugs, A&W Root Beer, and the best in hamburgers, French fries and homemade onion rings, also homemade vegetable soup and chili.
The A&W Root Beer Drive-In in Cape Girardeau dates back to 1955, as listed in a telephone directory. The owner was Lloyd E. Gastian, as listed in the 1956 city directory. This undated photo shows the original business.
The restaurant was purchased by Richard Popp in 1960. He operated it for 34 years.
In the 1996 city directory, the A&W Hot Dogs restaurant is listed at 204 N. Kingshighway. Also, A&W Hot Dogs & More is listed at 235 West Park Mall.
Presently, Taco Bell is located at 335 N. Kingshighway.
March 16, 1976 Southeast Missourian
The skoal will be for good health at A&W Restaurants here and in Jackson.
The restaurants, operated by Richard Popp and Bernard Johnson, will take part in the 1976 National Easter Seal Telethon for the month of March. A nickel for every large mug of root beer sold during the month will go to Easter Seals, and there will be donation containers inside the restaurants.
Free "Great Root Bear Hocus-Pocus Magic Kits" will be available for children to use in producing their own fund-raising magic shows for Easter Seals in their neighborhoods.
The telethon will be held March 27-28, broadcast from Hollywood through about 60 local television stations in the major population ceners of the nation. A&W International, Inc. is the only fast-service food chain officially organized to collect contributions for the telethon.