A&W to open in front of Lowe’s near 29th and Maize Road in June

WICHITA — As Eric Estes is getting ready to build his first Wichita Qdoba Mexican Grill where Yen Ching Chinese Restaurant & Club will close at Central and Rock, his first Wichita A&W is getting closer to opening.

“I think it’s the longest lasting restaurant brand since 1919,” Estes says. “It’s the granddaddy of all restaurant brands as far as heritage and age.”

The restaurant is opening in front of Lowe’s near 29th and Maize Road.

“It’s a neat concept,” Estes says. “We’ll be making the root beer fresh … every day.”

There will be frosted mugs, too.

Estes says lots of people seem to remember the “family” of burgers the chain once was known for, with a Mama, Papa and Baby burger.

“They were really famous for that.”

Estes says he’s happy to report he’ll at least have the Papa burger with special sauce.

“Everybody always asks us that question,” he says. “It’s kind of like an iconic heritage.”

The restaurant won’t be a drive-in business similar to Sonic. It will, though, have a drive-through in addition to about 55 seats in the restaurant.

Ink Construction is the contractor.

Estes has an an option to do more A&Ws here.

“Right now we’re just going to do the one.”

Look for it to open in early June.