About

KN ROOT BEER

Established in 1948

In the spring of 1948, Leslie Knutson built his first drive-in restaurant in Marshfield, Wisconsin. After moving to Longview, Texas in 1951, the first of his restaurants with the K-N Root Beername was officially opened. The inspiration for the K-N Root Beername came from the founder’s own last name, Knutson. The restaurant began to grow as a franchise with more drive-ins opening in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee. By 1975 there were 30 drive-ins in operation. We hope you enjoy our rich history and stop by for an ice-cold mug of root beer made from our own hand-picked flavors!

Amarillo Locatioin

Built and opened on May 28th, 1968 by the Hill family, the Amarillo location of K-N Root BeerDrive-In is one of the area’s oldest and still operating old-fashioned drive-up burger restaurants. For over 53 years, the Hill’s joyfully owned and operated the restaurant until they passed the torch to the Dewitz family.

KN is the only place in Amarillo to get homemade root beer, AND…you can get it in a frozen mug brought right to your car window by one of our carhops! Our menu is full of all your classic American favorites like fresh Certified Angus Beef smash burgers, all beef chili cheese dogs, corn dogs, hand-spun shakes, root beer floats, and more! Our patties are never frozen. Every burger is made to order and fresh. We proudly offer the freshest and best-tasting ingredients in everything we make.

How To Get To Us

From I-40W:

  • Exit on Western St using exit 67
  • Merge onto the access road I-40 Frontage Rd
  • Turn right on S Western St
  • Turn left on Olsen Blvd

K-N Root BeerDrive-In will be on your left.

From Dumas Hwy:

  • Head south on US-287 to I-40W
  • Take exit 68A to Julian Blvd and Paramount Blvd
  • Go south on Paramount Blvd
  • Continue on Olsen Blvd

K-N Root BeerDrive-In will be on your right.

From E Interstate 40 Hwy:

  • Go west on E I-40
  • Exit on Julian Blvd/Paramount Blvd using ramp 68A
  • Turn left on Paramount Blvd
  • Continue on Olsen Blvd

K-N Root BeerDrive-In will be on your right.

From Interstate Hwy 27, Canyon, TX:

  • Exit on Georgia St using ramp 121A
  • Turn left on Georgia and head north
  • Turn left on SW 34th Ave
  • Turn right on Paramount Blvd
  • Take a left on Olsen Blvd

K-N Root BeerDrive-In will be on your right.

Amarillo, TX

Located in the heart of the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo, TX is home to one of the state’s most famous steakhouses, The Big Texan Steak Ranch & Brewery, and an abundance of local oddities. Most of these unusual pieces can be attributed to the Amarillo millionaire and American artist Stanley Marsh 3 who is infamous for not only his art installations but for getting into trouble with the law.

Marsh is responsible for one of the biggest attractions in the Amarillo area called Cadillac Ranch. This outside art fixture is located in a cow pasture east of Bushland on the south side of Interstate 40 West. It attracts an annual two million visitors and has recently undergone maintenance that included laying pavement to make the ground easier to navigate. Before 2022, the ground entrance of Cadillac Ranch was made up of loose gravel and dirt.

Aside from Cadillac Ranch, the artist, often described as “eccentric,” also created the Floating Mesa. To complete this work, Marsh had wooden boards painted blue to resemble the sky in order to achieve the appearance of a floating top. It is located out past Bishop Hills and Wildcat Bluff Nature Center on Tascosa Rd.

Amarillo is not only noted for the creativity of Mr. Marsh, but R.J. Lee who is known for opening his famous steakhouse, Big Texan, on the original Route 66. Now known as The Big Texan Steak Ranch & Brewery, the restaurant is internationally noted for its 72 oz Steak Challenge in which competitors must consume a 72 oz steak, baked potato, dinner roll, salad, and shrimp cocktail in an hour or less. It has made an appearance in movies and TV shows of both fiction and reality. In 2010, the restaurant owners, now the sons of the late Mr. R.J. Lee, opened a world renowned brewery within the steakhouse.

The city of Amarillo as well as surrounding areas is served by several school districts. These include Amarillo Independent School District, Bushland Independent School District, Canyon Independent School District, Highland Park Independent School District, and River Road Independent School District.