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The Ardy & Ed's Story
Ardy & Ed's Drive In, as the business is known today, began in 1948, shortly after World War II had ended. It was originally known as the Southside A & W Drive In, serving little more than A & W Root Beer, Hot Dogs and chips. In the late 40's it was one of only two or three Drive In Restaurants in Oshkosh. One of the early owners was Mr. Nate Rohr, who eventually owned a number of Root Beer Stands in the Fox Valley.
In 1953 the business was purchased by Robert and Elizabeth "Ollie" Albrecht of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The Albrechts operated the drive in for 7 1/2 years. On July 1, 1960 the business was sold to Mrs. Albrecht's son, Edward Timm, and his wife Ardythe.
The Timms operated the business as the Southside A & W Drive In until 1972. At that time the decision was made to operate as an independent drive in, and the business was renamed "Ardy & Ed's Drive In". They continued serving the same "Famous" draft root beer and great food as they had in the past.
After the death of Ed in 1979, Ardy continued to operate the business. Today, she runs the business with her partner and husband, Steve Davis, who began working at the restaurant in 1977. Steve was honored by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association as "Restaurateur of the Year" in 2008 for his service to the WRA and the foodservice industry. In 2010 the WRA Education Foundation honored Steve with their "Salute to Excellence" restaurateur award for his dedication to hospitality education in Wisconsin.
Through the years, Ardy & Ed's has been featured in numerous local and national publications and TV broadcasts, including 2005's "Roker On The Road" and 2004's "Top Five Food Innovations" on the Food Network . In 2003 we were honored to be chosen as the # 4 location on Mazda's "Top - 10 Top Down List" of places in the USA to go in a convertible. Ardy & Ed's was also honored to be a featured exhibit in the Oshkosh Public Museum from 1995 to 2003. In 2008, Ardy & Ed's was featured in Roadway Transportations annual calendar "Roadside Drive Ins". Taglichtmedia of Germany filmed scenes for an episode of their documentary "As the World Eats" at Ardy & Ed's during the summer of 2008. The documentary aired on German television in the fall of 2009. Frommer's 500 Places For Food & Wine Lovers included Ardy & Ed's Drive In when released in May 2009. Discover Wisconsin filmed at Ardy & Ed's in September 2009 for a segment of their show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dairy Bars" which aired in May 2010.
Today, Ardy, Steve, and the staff of Ardy & Ed's strive to continue serving their customers only the best food, "Famous" draft root beer, and "Old Fashioned" fountain favorites with the same personal, friendly service which their customers have enjoyed for more than 60 years.