Akron’s iconic Swensons Drive-In Restaurant is celebrating 85 years of Galley Boy burgers, french fries, onion rings, milkshakes and making memories.
Beginning Monday and running through Sunday, Aug. 11, Swensons will give $10 of gift coins to the driver of every 85th car at any of Swensons 12 hamburger stands.
The driver – or someone in each 85th car at each location – must make a purchase. The coins are for future purchases.
Wesley T. Swenson first set up shop in a simple shack on South Hawkins Avenue in Akron’s Wallhaven neighborhood in 1934. Since then, Swensons has been a mainstay in the area. The old Wallhaven building was replaced by a new one in 2005.
It's still ''Lights on for service,'' and the curb servers – who are college students -- still run to your car.
The Akron-based chain opened its 12th location earlier this year, near the Ikea in the Polaris area of Columbus,.
Last year, Swensons opened its first store in central Ohio, on the Columbus-Dublin border. It also expanded in the Cleveland area, opening a stand in University Heights and a stand in North Olmstead. It earlier opened a stand in Seven Hills.
Swensons also has locations in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood, Stow, Copley Township, Avon, Jackson Township and North Canton.
Swensons CEO Jeff Flowers began his career with Swensons as a carhop.
The recent Swensons expansion comes after California private-investment firm Spanos Barber Jesse & Co. invested in the company.
Swensons continues to be locally operated.