Stewart's Restaurants

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Restaurant information
Established 1950s
Food type Bar
Dress code casual
Country United States of America.
Website stewartsrestaurantsinc.com

Stewart's Restaurants are classic 1950s style fast-food restaurants located throughout the United States. Restaurants are branded as Stewart's Root Beer or Stewart's Drive-In or similar variations. Started in 1924 in Mansfield, Ohio by Frank Stewart, the chain became a franchise in 1931. Stewart's is famous for its Stewart's Fountain Classics root beer and hot dogs. It has over 60 locations in the United States, 38 of them in New Jersey with the rest in Maryland,[1] Missouri,[2] Kentucky, Oklahoma,[3] Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida.[4]

History[edit]

The first Stewart's Drive-In was opened by Frank Stewart in 1924 Mansfield, Ohio. Stewart opened up a small stand to make extra money in the summer to supplement his income as a school teacher. [5]

The restaurant was originally a west coast style fast food eatery serving only root beer and popcorn. He added extra salt to his popcorn to boost his root beer sales. He opened up more locations, many of them with carhops.

Entrepreneur John L. Mandt helped expand the chain into a franchise in 1931. The Mandt family still owns three locations in West Virginia. Ownership of the company was handed over to Ohio businessman Carl Ransbottom, then to businessman Raymond Beck. Carl's son, Robert E. Ransbottom continued to work under Beck, who sold the company to Frostie Enterprises in 1971, which was purchased by a company named Moxie Industries. In 1979, the company was handed over to a new company, DeNovo Corporation, which also operated Dog n Suds franchises in the Midwest.[6] Michael W. Fessler, one of the original owners of the DeNovo Corp., still owns Stewarts Restaurants, Inc.

See also[edit]

A Stewart's Drive-In in Tuckerton, New Jersey, which has been in continuous operation since the 1970s

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