The Burger Family is getting a second home just south of the entrance to SAH. The newly built A & W restaurant, although there are no signs with the exception of a picture of the Burger Family on the side, the color scheme and the retro look one would wonder if this new A & W is going to be a drive-in.
With the retro look you would think that a drive-in is the route that A & W is headed. According to A & W franchise owner Lori Martineau and Manager Sandra Babic this is not the case, but we’ll get back to this idea in a moment.
When chatting with Lori and Sandra, SaultOnline learned that the new restaurant will have their opening June 25th. A job fair will be held at Sault College, Essar Hall on June 4th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm in conjunction with Employment Solutions. The new A & W is seeking Supervisors, Kitchen Staff and Customer Care Representatives for both the original and new locations with up to 38 full-time and part-time positions available.
Both Lori and Sandra agreed that the new location is going to be busy with the Industrial Park in close proximity and a number of local businesses and hotels in the same area, not to forget tourists going through the Sault as the new location is before the bypass for travelers heading east and is accessible for tourists heading north on the Trans Canada. The new location will have a 24 hr drive through and the dining room will be open from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.
People will probably say, oh another burger joint, but A & W prides themselves that their burgers are made with beef raised without the use of Hormones or Steroids and their eggs are from hens that are fed a vegetarian diet without animal by-products.
Now, let’s go back in time. This writer can remember the original location of A & W, at 111 Great Northern Road, was a meeting place back in the 70s and 80s, with car-hops and dinner trays hanging from the window and yes some people might not believe this but no cell phones. Lori Martineau did own an A & W franchise in Marathon and back in 2010 Lori partnered with Summerfest organizer Andre Paris to turn back the clock to a 1960s theme day. Staff from A & W were dressed like they were back in the 60s and the A & W and mall parking lots were filled. When asked if this event was going to be repeated my reply was a simple wink, so we will have to wait and see.