Fitz's Root BeerCourtesy of Fitz's Root Beer
It all started in 1947 with a drive-in hamburger joint and a secret root beer recipe at Richmond Heights. Today, Fitz’s Root Beer bottles the traditional recipe on bottling equipment from the 1940s—all while diners watch.
St. Louisans did have a 15-year lack of Fitz’s when the original drive-in closed. But in 1985, the classic returned. An antique bottling machine was found on a farm, refurbished, and put into use. The vintage machinery produces more than just root beer. Fitz’s creates and sells cream soda, orange soda, grape soda, ginger ale, orange cream, and strawberry. The current location opened in 1993 on the Delmar Loop, named one of the ten great American streets by the American Planning Committee. The microbrewery and restaurant is consistently named a great place to dine out with kids and a good date night location.