“Back in the day in the 1960s, this was the only good meeting place to meet up with friends,” Edy said as he ordered his favorite hamburger and fries. “I hope this place stays around and continues to give good service.”
The local fast food chain will close in mid-January for a few days to install a new roof, air conditioning system and equipment, and rearrange the kitchen area for improved efficiency.
“The Cheelys remodeled the front of the house, but not the back of the house. There’s equipment that’s 40 years old,” Autry said. “We plan to accept the Bobcat card within the next couple of months. We also want to get involved in the community more with ice cream programs at schools, couponing, catering and spirit nights, where student organizations come in and we’ll give them 10 percent of the sales. We’re also offering a lot of employee incentives through different contests and they get a free blizzard cake on their birthday.”
Autry said the restaurant will show its appreciation to customers in the spring by offering a repeat day where customers have no limit of purchasing food items of their choice and they will receive the same order for free two weeks later.
Dairy Queen is also a national sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1984, raising more than $97 million during the past 29 years in the United States and Canada.
Located on South Wayne Street, Dairy Queen is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, until 10:30 p.m. Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
“There are a lot of old-timers coming in here and it’s just nostalgia for them; it’s pretty neat to see. There’s a lot of history here and a lot of long-term employees,” Autry said. “I’m really happy with our crew and the way business is turning out. Our sales have already increased by 24 percent from last year. I think we’re going to have a great year coming up. The employees are enthusiastic and excited. Happy people serve happy food.”