By Katherine Parker
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Ice cream treats will deliciously help Moore residents say goodbye to 2013 and bring in the new year when Dairy Queen opens in Moore today.
The last Dairy Queen in Moore closed in 1998, making it 15 years since the city has seen a Blizzard. David Jones, who owns two Schlotzky’s in Moore and Midwest City, teamed up with Jason Fritts from Fritts Farms and Andy Sheer from Republic Bank to open the restaurant.
The eatery will open today at 10:30 a.m. on Telephone Road near 19th Street. Jones said he wanted to open the restaurant by the end of the year, and everyone had worked incredibly hard to make it by New Year’s Eve.
“We put it together in less than 80 days,” Jones said. “We’ll be the last Dairy Queen to open in the whole country and about 70 to 80 open per year. We were also the last Schlotzky’s to open in the country last year. It makes it special.”
Jones said Dairy Queen is the kind of place families enjoy eating at and that his own family eats and will work at the eatery.
“We wanted to open a Dairy Queen because of the diversification of the menu and the brand,” Jones said. “It’s an iconic brand with fantastic products.”
Dairy Queen offers hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, sandwiches, wraps, salads, fries, onion rings and a multitude of treats, including the famous Blizzards, chocolate dipped cones, Dilly bars and ice cream cakes.
Jones said the ice cream cakes are made on site.
Jones, who grew up in Moore, said he remembers eating at the Dairy Queen on Fourth Street and that the restaurant has been a part of many people’s lives, much like his own.
“I always hear people say, ‘I used to go over to the one on Shields and 59th or wherever, when this and that happened.’ Their memories are tied to Dairy Queen,” he said.
Additionally, the restaurant will feature an Orange Julius, which offers eight fruit smoothies as well as Julius Originals.
Jones said including an Orange Julius was special to him because he worked at the Orange Julius in Sooner Mall in Norman when he was in high school.
To celebrate the opening, Dairy Queen is offering a grilled cheeseburger once a week for a whole year to the first 100 customers who purchase a Dairy Queen ice cream cake today.
With so many people anticipating the Dairy Queen opening, Steve Eddy, Moore city manager, said the city would have two police officers, as well as a motorcycle officer, on hand to direct traffic as needed.
To pick up a treat, regular restaurant hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., seven days a week.
For more information, visit dairyqueen.com or orangejulius.com.
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