If you’re looking for a chocolate-dipped soft serve cone from Dairy Queen, you’ve been out of luck in recent years.
The fast-food chain, known for its Blizzards and soft-serve desserts, has diminished its presence in Orange County. Many ice cream shops have shuttered in malls and strip centers, leaving 10 in the county. But in 2017, the Minneapolis-based chain is poised to make a big comeback in Southern California. Over the next several years, the chain has plans to add as many as 86 more restaurants, stretching from Los Angeles to the Inland Empire.
In Orange County, the chain plans to double its locations to 20. New store locations have not been named as the chain is still scouting locations. They will be branded as DQ Grill & Chill. The name, first introduced in 2001, represents the chain’s focus on offering a larger menu of fast-food staples – burgers, fries, sandwiches, chicken strips and hot dogs.
“DQ Grill & Chill expands the brand’s iconic frozen treat selection to offer a full menu of innovative fast casual options,” the company said in a statement.
Expansion also is in the works for the Inland Empire and Los Angeles. Riverside plans to add 14 stores over the next several years. Los Angeles will add 50, and San Bernardino will add 12.