Eddie starts working at Old Town Drive In.  He would soon become the guy that has been making the coney sauce and root beer for over 33 years. He’s also a familiar face to many throughout Saginaw.

We are so proud to still be an anchor in Old Town Saginaw!  Over the last 32 years, we have continuously upgraded the kitchen, prep area, dining counter, exterior and parking lot.  And yet we work hard to keep everything “the way it was” for those who are nostalgic.  In fact, 90% of our menu is the same today as it was 40 years ago.  According to one of our regulars, our Basketburg was $2.25 when she started coming 35 years ago and is still just $4.35 today!

Something that does change is our fan base.  Thanks to online restaurant reviews and resources, we have a surprising amount of out-of-state traffic in addition to our tried-and-true local supporters.  All day long we have people walking in the wrong door, which tells us they’ve never been here before!  In addition, for locals who have moved away, Old Town Drive In is a “must have” when they return home for a visit.

Erin, one of Old Town’s most familiar faces, started working here.  Now her son Brett works at Old Town Drive In too.  Most staff are long-term employees…with three parent/child pairs.

Current owner Geoff Emede and his family took over Old Town Drive In and made it a year-round business.  To this day, people still ask it we’re open in the winter time. We are!

The Farwell’s daughter, Irene, took over the business.  For the next decade there would be at least two other owners, including the Trogan and Greketis families.  During this time, the A&W franchise was dropped.  The name was changed to Old Town Drive In, but because there was no signage or advertising, nearly everyone still called it “The Old A&W”.

Farwells demolished the old building and built the current one on the same property.  We still use the original root beer system!  Did you know that we sell our draft root beers to other bars and restaurants throughout the area?

Old Town Drive In was originally an A&W restaurant first opened by the Farwell family right on our current site on Gratiot and Granger in Old Town Saginaw.