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Fred Lynch

Popp's A&W Drive-In

Posted Monday, January 22, 2018, at 12:00 AM

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.

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Editor's Note:

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.


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  • Best corn dogs ever!

    -- Posted by Anola Gill Stowick on Wed, Jan 24, 2018, at 1:09 PM