|1962 ad for the Vermilion A&W|
It was a real treat to go there, and it's probably where I started my lifelong love of chili dogs. If I remember correctly, the Vermilion drive-in had those speakers that you spoke into to place your order. When it was ready, the carhop brought it out to you.
Here's a 1965 ad for the A&W Drive-ins. I don't remember the Vermilion carhops wearing stewardess uniforms, though!
|1965 ad from the book Drive-in Deluxe by Michael Karl Witzel|
Today the Vermilion A&W is long-gone; in its place at 4372 E. Liberty is a Wendy's restaurant.
Strangely enough, there was an A&W stand in Lorain on US 6 that I don't remember it at all. It was located at 2600 W. Erie Avenue and first appeared in the city directory in 1960. It was right where Madison Avenue intersects with W. Erie Avenue.
I probably don't remember it because my father always took W. 21st to get to West Erie if he was going west, bypassing that area entirely. Most likely, my family went to the Vermilion one because it was a nice drive and something to do. If other families thought the same way, maybe it had something to do with the Lorain restaurant disappearing from the city directory in 1969.
Anyway, here's a May 29, 1965 newspaper ad for the Lorain A&W.