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Longtime Atascadero restaurant announces closure

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Posted at 3:37 PM, Jan 31, 2022

A longtime Atascadero restaurant will soon be closing its doors.

A&W Restaurant has been operating on the 6400 block of Morro Road for decades but is now slated to close by the end of next month.

The owners cite the pandemic, high cost for small businesses in California, the struggles with hiring and keeping employees, minimum wage increasing along with the cost of food as reasons that led to their decision to close by the end of February and move to Texas.

The owners say they have seven more years on their contract with A&W and hope to open one up in the small town of Whitney, Texas near Waco.

The family has owned the business known for its root beer floats and all American food and burgers for 32 years.

The Atascadero location is the only A&W Restaurant location on the Central Coast.

The store is currently open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. during the week, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends.