A & Dubs

It’s back. First day I’ve seen A and Dubs open this year.

I couldn’t find any reviews from burgerdogboy for some reason and he’s usually got Duluth hand food pretty well covered. However, I did find this little blurb on Jim Heffernan’s blog.

PDD reader-generated A & Dubs stories are most welcome in the comments.



about 12 years ago

Do they take plastic this year?  Or strictly cash or check?


about 12 years ago

I love A & Dubs, but they really need to add cheese curds to their menu.

Paul Lundgren

about 12 years ago

Today was indeed the first day it was open. Thanks for the tip, Wildgoose.

My A & Dubs advice is always this: If you order French fries, ask for extra ketchup right off the bat. You're going to need it.



about 12 years ago

The A & Dubs opening means it's officially spring in Duluth. My wife and I stopped by after work for root beer and a bite to eat. The parking lot was jammed with cars parked three deep. Well worth the wait.


about 12 years ago

A 2010 News Tribune Attic post on A & Dubs, referring back to an article from 1996: 

West End Icon: Duluth's last drive-in serves side of tradition with burgers


about 12 years ago

For those who don't recall (or know), A&Dubs opened as an A&W on that very site shortly after World War II, probably about 1947. My older brother worked there when it first opened, but he quit after about a week because our parents didn't want him, just starting high school, to work until 2 a.m., when the drive-in closed in those days. Ten years later, when I was in high school (Denfeld), it was an in-season social center for kids from West End and West Duluth. I believe there was one drive-in in Duluth before A&W. If memory serves (and it so often doesn't), it was on the lower side of Grand around 42nd Avenue West. Didn't last long.
Jim Heffernan

Paul Lundgren

about 12 years ago

By the way, current A & Dubs hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.


about 12 years ago

My sloppy brain recalls that Sandy's was a drive-in on London Rd. about 15th Ave. E. Oh, and wasn't Henry's drive-in-style, too? Oh, yeah, and Duffy's in Kenwood was a drive-in.


about 12 years ago

The closest thing to an independent drive-in that I remember here in Duluth from my youth was the Dairy Delight on Arlington and Arrowhead Road.  It lasted into the 90s and has been a revolving door of other businesses since (correct me if I am wrong.)

Also, Jim and Tim, you have just whetted my appetite.  Let's have some stories of the "in-season social center."  Seriously, it was open until 2 am!  I'm thinking maybe it was the "House of Donuts" of its day.


about 12 years ago

Re: the other drive-in restaurants mentioned above - here are other Attic entries on most of them; some more background info is included in the comments with each post:

Henry's Hamburgers

Fountain Drive-In

Fountain follow-up

Dary Delite (no "i" in "Dary" is correct)

Guppy's Drive-In

Mars Drive-In

There was an entry on Sandy's, too, but the link is not working. I may have to re-create that page.


about 12 years ago

Burgerdogboy is on the job, get there soon!

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