DQ Grill & Chill® Restaurant Coming to Waterford
Seasoned Restaurateur Announces New Site for Racine County
June 04, 2020 // Franchising.com // WATERFORD, Wisc. – Waterford is in for a treat.
American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ), the legacy brand beloved for its mouthwatering meals and tasty treats, recently announced plans to bring a DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant to Waterford. Set to open end of June or beginning of July, the restaurant will be located off Hwy 36 at 330 South 6th Street.
The forthcoming DQ Grill & Chill® location features a modern, open-air grill, separate “Grill” and “Chill” sections, comfortable booths, large wooden tables, warm lighting and upbeat music. The location will be locally owned and operated by Bill Kulesa, who has been with the Dairy Queen® brand for over 25 years, working at ADQ Corporate for 15 years and then transitioning into franchise ownership for 10 years and counting.
“I’ve always loved Dairy Queen® and have been involved with the brand my entire adult life,” said Bill. “From growing up in a small town where the local DQ® was the go-to spot for celebrating life’s little achievements, to working for the corporate team and experiencing the brand’s nationwide customer love, Dairy Queen® has always represented family fun and community for me. Now, I’m excited to open another location to serve our fan-faired treats to the Waterford community.”
Bill will open the Waterford restaurant alongside his business partner and brother, Bob Kulesa and son Dylan Kulesa as the General Manager, overseeing the day-to-day operations. As a seasoned restaurant operator, this will be Bill’s 2nd DQ Grill & Chill® location.
What began as the 10-cent sale of an unknown frozen treat in 1938 quickly boomed into one of the most well-known companies of all time. Maintaining its recipe for success throughout nearly 80 years, the Dairy Queen® system has more than 7,000 locations worldwide and implementing its plan to add more than 70 new restaurants in the United States for 2019.
The brand is targeting 10 growth markets including: Sacramento, California; Baltimore; Orlando, Florida; Milwaukee; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Memphis, Tennessee; Albany, New York; Fresno, California; Charlotte, North Carolina; and New Orleans. Beyond these U.S. target markets, ADQ is franchising in territories across Canada and other international countries.
About International Dairy Queen, Inc.
International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation and Dairy Queen Canada, Inc. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 7,000 locations in the United States, Canada and more than 20 other countries. IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire.
SOURCE International Dairy Queen, Inc.
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