Dairy Queen returning to former Middletown location

Dairy Queen will be returning to its former Middletown location on Roosevelt Boulevard after more than 20 years.

Piyush Patel of Liberty Twp. received a building permit from the city of Middletown Building Department on July 23 to construct a new a Dairy Queen Grill & Chill in a sublot in the 4700 block of Roosevelt Boulevard between the White Castle restaurant and the Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz Law office.

Patel said it was a coincidence that the location is the same as the previous Dairy Queen location more than 20 years ago.

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“COVID-19 delays affected us big time,” he said. “Now that the building permit has been approved, we’re just waiting to close on our construction loan.”

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

He expects construction to begin on the $600,000 project in early September. Patel hopes to open the 2,200-square-foot restaurant in January or February 2021.

Patel said the new store will employ about 30 people with six to seven of those as full-time workers.

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Once constructed, it will be one of four Dairy Queen restaurants in Butler County, joining one already in business since 1994 at 9128 Cox Road in West Chester Twp.; another at the corner of Cincinnati-Dayton Road on Wyandot Lane in Liberty Twp.; and on Ohio 4 in Liberty Twp.

There are more than 6,800 Dairy Queen restaurants in the United States, Canada and 27 other countries, according to Dairy Queen.

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