MOORE — Ice cream treats deliciously helped Moore residents say goodbye to 2013 and bring in the New Year when a Dairy Queen opened in Moore Tuesday. 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 restaurants 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 opened Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and is located 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 explained. “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 infamous 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 4th Street and that the restaurant has been a part of many people’s live much like his own.
“I always hear people say, ‘I use 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 features 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 Fashion Mall in Norman when he was in high school.
To celebrate the opening, Dairy Queen offered a grilled cheeseburger once a week for a whole year to the first 100 customers who purchased a Dairy Queen ice cream cake.
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 sweet treat, regular restaurant hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., seven days a week. For more info, visit dairyqueen.com.