New Dairy Queen Grill & Chill to open in Brandon

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Fans of soft-serve ice cream, Blizzards, and GrillBurgers can celebrate–a new Dairy Queen Grill & Chill restaurant, with a drive-thru, is coming to Brandon soon.

Laird Lidster plans to open Brandon’s first Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, at 915-18th Street North (Corral Centre).  In conversation earlier today with Laird said that he is extremely excited to officially make the announcement of the new restaurant location and that the idea to open a Grill & Chill in Brandon has been a long time coming. The Grill & Chill concept includes menu items such as burgers, fries, salads, chicken and other foods, in addition to ice cream products.  According to Laird, the location was selected as the area is now a mature development with proven traffic flows.  He added that in addition to an exciting new food program, customers can expect to receive the same friendly, quality customer service they are accustomed to from the existing Dairy Queen locations in the city.

Construction on the new 70-seat, 2650 sq foot restaurant is slated to start in the next several weeks with an expected opening date in either late 2018 or early 2019.  Laird said that new store will employ approximately 35-40 people.

The original Dairy Queen in Brandon was started in 1954 and has been in the Lidster family since 1973.  Laird purchased the business on 18th Street from his father 11 years ago.  He also has been the owner/operator of the Dairy Queen in the Brandon Shoppers Mall for the past 18 years and is the franchisee of the Qdoba location in Brandon.  Dairy Queen will continue to operate at it’s 18th Street location.