I know some things about old Southern California restaurant chains, but not all. I remember Pioneer Chicken (I still delight in seeing its old signs reformatted to plug a Mexican restaurant), and I also remember Bob's Big Boy. But what was A & W? I remember the root beer, but I've seen vestiges of the restaurant at older burger stands–a couple in Fullerton, I think one in Brea, and that's about it.
I did know A & W was a sister company of Taco Bell–but not anymore.
Nation's Restaurant News reported yesterday that Yum! Brands is selling A & W and Long John Silver's so it can concentrate more on its terrible trio: Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut. Yay! That means higher quality for the Bell! Don't we wish. . . .