A Minnesota Town Is About To Have Its First Fast Food Restaurant

The town of Howard Lake is about a month away from a landmark opening: its first fast food restaurant.

Dave and Sandy Rollins, owners of the Pit Stop gas station cafe, plan to open an A&W at 620 Dutch Lake Drive in May. Once operational, it will be the first fast food restaurant within the city limits.

“We have great customers and a supportive community,” Dave Rollins said in an announcement. “We look forward to providing them with an exciting new place to gather and enjoy great food.”

A specific opening date has yet to be announced.

The Rollins opened the Pit Stop six years ago, billing it as a place where “come in and sit down with a coffee, or grab something to eat or drink and drive on.” There is also a delicatessen, a gas station and an auto repair shop.

The Pit Stop made headlines in 2017 when it sold a $1 million winning Minnesota Powerball ticket.

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The couple moved to Minnesota about two decades ago, with Dave previously serving as a pastor and working in supply chain.

“After establishing themselves as business owners in the community, the Rollins decided to diversify their portfolio with the addition of the 100+ year old brand because of its support for franchise partners and its values ​​driven about family,” said A&W’s announcement.

The restaurant chain is looking to expand in the Midwest, with Howard Lake as part of a plan to open 10 new locations in 2022.

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