The Claycord Online Museum – The Old A&W on Clayton Rd.

April 6, 2021 19:00 pm · 11 comments

This photo has been posted in the past on Claycord, but we’re posting again because it’s so great.

The picture came from a Claycordian named Chuck Reeves.

Chuck wrote the following message….

Some time ago I sent you some old pictures of the A&W on Market Street in Concord. Ray & Lucy Zodrow (My brother & sister in laws) co-owners of the drive-in on Clayton Road found a couple of old Polaroid pictures. They are sort of faded but perhaps you can use them. People who used to patronize the A&W there will remember Ray & Lucy as they operated that store.

Chuck also owned the A&W on Market Street in Concord.

The top photo came from Chuck, and shows what the building used to look like when it was an A&W. The bottom photo is from Google Maps, and shows how it looks now, as the Hunan Chinese Restaurant.

ABOUT THE CLAYCORD ONLINE MUSEUM: The Claycord Online Museum is made up of historical photos, documents & anything else that has to do with the history of our area.

If you have any old photos or items that you’d like to place in the Claycord Online Museum, just scan or take a photo of them, and send them to the following address: It doesn’t matter what it is, even if it’s just an old photo of your house, a scan of an old advertisement or an artifact that you’d like us to see, send it in and we’ll put it online!

Click on the tag below titled “Claycord Online Museum” to view other items.

Silva April 6, 2021 at 7:36 PM


Shoulda Coulda April 6, 2021 at 9:24 PM

There was nothing better than a frosty mug
of A&W root beer on a hot summer day.
You could join their 10 gallon club. Every
time you bought a gallon jug of root beer and
brought it back for a refill you’d get a coupon.
After 10 gallons you’d get one free. I also recall
the Frank Victor Shell gas station on the corner
close by.

Simonpure April 7, 2021 at 7:03 AM

Root beer floats were to die for.

Silva April 7, 2021 at 7:37 PM

Shoulda Coulda, I didn’t learn about the gallon jugs of root beer till late in the game, I think I was about 18 by then. There was only my mom and me at home, but they were still wonderfully delicious after they were completely flat!!

DD April 7, 2021 at 7:14 AM

Great, now I want a root beer float.

ChuckStir April 7, 2021 at 8:19 AM

I remember the root beer freeze and orange freeze. Right behind them you could play miniature golf.

FPN April 7, 2021 at 9:43 AM

Chuckstir, your thinking of the A&W on clayton rd. I remember my Dad becoming a total stressed out mess whenever we would eat at A&Ws. What with the food trays on the window and us kids eating burgers in the backseat. Still makes me laugh to this day.

Antler April 7, 2021 at 9:43 AM

Try the Walnut Prawn special!

American Citizenr April 7, 2021 at 11:17 AM

Hunan Restaurant has great food BTW. Probably the best Chinese I have had stateside. I lived in Hong Kong for ten years.

The Professor April 7, 2021 at 1:44 PM

Used to ride my bike from the Northgate area to the mini golf place for a day of fun. We would always eat lunch at that A&W. Love the Teen Burger.

reekorizzo April 7, 2021 at 3:35 PM

right next to the old mini golf place

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