New DQ Grill & Chill® Opens in Springfield

New Restaurant Serves Up Dairy Queen® Iconic Soft-Serve Treats, Flavorful Foods and Orange Julius® Offerings

July 23, 2012 // Franchising.com // Springfield, Ill. – The Dairy Queen® system’s newest, most exciting restaurant concept has opened its doors at 3121 Atlanta Street in Springfield. The 2,635-square-foot DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant has added 45 new jobs in the area, contributing to Illinois’ employment growth. The new location also will contribute to the state’s restaurant sales, which according to the National Restaurant Association, are projected to increase by 3 percent this year.

“We are excited to open our second DQ Grill & Chill restaurant in Springfield and welcome the community in to enjoy our full menu of cravable food items, cool treats and Orange Julius® specialty fruit smoothies and beverages,” said restaurant operator Mark Freetly. “This new restaurant is sure to become a location where families and friends can gather to share smiles and stories over a great meal and treats.”

An Array of Menu Options

The DQ Grill & Chill concept blends the best of DQ® iconic history with the most modern innovations in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry. The food menu features the quarter- and half-pound GrillBurger® made to order, as well as other delicious and unique food items, including deli-style Iron Grilled Sandwiches. A Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and Chicken or Crispy Shrimp Baskets also are available for either lunch or dinner.

Complementing the “Grill” is the “Chill,” with the traditional and indulgent Dairy Queen soft-serve treats everybody knows and loves. Along with all of the DQ favorites, such as the signature Blizzard® Flavor Treats, MooLatté® frozen blended coffee beverages, DQ Cakes and waffle bowl sundaes and cones, guests will enjoy delicious Orange Julius premium fruit smoothies and fruit-blended beverages on the menu. The classic original Orange and Strawberry Julius and premium fruit smoothie drinks are available as well as in flavors such as Strawberry Banana, Tripleberry and Mango Pineapple.

Design and Décor

The new DQ Grill & Chill restaurant interior brings an innovative dimension to QSR dining. Highlighted by the modern open-air grill and separate “Grill” and “Chill” sections, the restaurant features comfortable booths and large wooden tables, warm lighting, music and an overall inviting environment.

The restaurant can seat 70 guests inside and also offers 16 attractive outdoor patio seats. Bringing together the best of the past and the present, the drive-thru is lined with old-fashioned street lamps.

For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit DairyQueen.com. Become a Dairy Queen friend on Facebook at facebook.com/dairyqueen and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/#!/DairyQueen.

Springfield DQ Grill & Chill at a glance:

Address: 3121 Atlanta St., Springfield, IL 62702

Phone: 217-679-5059

Employees: 45

Square Footage: 2,635 square feet

Number of Seats: 70 indoor and 16 outdoor

Hours of Operation: The new restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

About ADQ:

American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ), which is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,000 Dairy Queen® stores in the United States, Canada and 18 other countries. ADQ is part of the Berkshire Hathaway family, a company owned by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. For more information, visit DairyQueen.com.

Contact:

Amy Needham
Pierson Grant Public Relations
919-270-9377
aneedham@piersongrant.com
www.piersongrant.com
www.highimpactdigital.com

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