It may be the least populated of New York City’s five boroughs with a population of nearly 500,000, but it is also the newest home of a Stewart’s All American Grill restaurant with its trademark root beer.
A story in silive.com entitled “Stewart’s All American Grill brings its famous root beer to Staten Island” starts out this way:
“Frank Stewart supplemented his school teacher salary selling root beer in a drive-in restaurant established in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1924. Almost a century later, with burgers, ice cream creations and its legendary, creamy drink under the Stewart’s brand name — the Moudatsos family brings the franchise’s “All American Grill” concept to Rossville.”
Rossville is a Staten Island neighborhood on the island’s south shore. The story can be read here.
When he began, Stewart set out to create the world’s creamiest, best tasting root beer. Together with a chemist, blending 20 different extracts of roots, herbs, and berries, their special blend became an immediate hit. Over the years, juicy hamburgers, delicious frankfurters, tasty french fries with toppings, local specialties, and the World Famous Stewart’s Root Beer Float were added to the menu. Many restaurants opened up, mostly as car-hops across the country. Today, Stewart’s has over 30 locations principally in the Northeast United States. These locations include Stewart’s All American Restaurants (full-service sit down and drive-in restaurants), Stewart’s All American Grills (perfectly situated for mall food court locations) and express kiosks.
According to the current Stewart’s All American website, other recently opened or soon to be opened locations include Fort Lauderdale and Land O Lakes, Florida, and East Rutherford, New Jersey. The nearest official Stewart’s location to north central Ohio is one at 1036 North Main Street in Marion.
More about Stewart’s history can be read at this location online.