The A&W Burger Family is a fiberglass family of hamburger and root beer loving characters. The members of the burger family were introduced in 1963 to correspond with the menu of Canadian A&W fast food restaurants. Burgers came is four familial sizes — Papa Burger, Mama Burger, Baby Burger, and Teen Burger — and, therefore, so did their mascots. Fiberglass versions (crafted by International Fiberglass) of the A&W characters were distributed and displayed at locations in the 60s and early 70s but many disappeared by the mid-70s, when “Great Root Bear” came about and replaced them as the mascot.
Today, there are fewer A&W restaurants and these characters are a rare site but, some families (or, broken families) can still be found on the roadside today. There is one such A&W Burger Family in Rolla, Missouri that I saw on my road trip around Missouri. (More characters can also be found at Coney Island.)
In Rolla, mama, papa, and baby sit on top of a truck (that once read Discount Food) on the side of the highway with burgers in one hand and root beers in the other. But big brother must be back in line for food, because he’s nowhere to be found!
Word has it that all of these Missouri roadside attractions have since gone missing since 2010 and that Rolla is no longer home of the burger family: they must have all gone back to the restaurant to fill up their frosty mugs!
A&W Papa Burger.
A&W Mama Burger.
A&W Baby Burger.
A&W Family on top of a truck.
A and W Burger Family.
Looking for more Rolla, Missouri attractions? Check out the replica of Stonehenge nearby!
A&W Burger Family Statues
Location: 12799 Old Highway 66, Rolla, MO
Hours: Daylight Hours.
Date: June 7, 2009
Note: Reported Missing