Dairy Queen new site

The patterned area shows approximately where a new Dairy Queen will be built and operated by owners of the existing Princeton restaurant. 

Minutes from the Princeton Planning Commission meeting and other city actions confirm that Valley Storage LLC has applied for and received a variance for the construction of a DQ Grill n’ Chill restaurant with drive-through on a 0.77-acre parcel at 1102 Seventh Ave. S. in Sherburne County. 

The tract of land sits between Coborn’s parking lot and the service road that runs in front of the store, which is 124th Street. That road changes to Seventh Avenue South once past 323 Ave. NW, the street between Coborn’s and the Shipwreck boat business.

An attorney for the Dairy Queen owner, William Bernard, said there are still several steps to be taken before a closing can happen for Dairy Queen to buy the land from Coborn’s, but everything is moving in the right direction.

“We think the site’s going to be great,” Bernard said.

He confirmed it is the owner of the current Princeton Dairy Queen seeking a new, expanded building and location for the business. The plan is for the restaurant to remain open in its current location until the new building is constructed and ready.

City Administrator Robert Barbian said his understanding is that the business owner would like to begin constructing the new location sometime in 2018.

The development deal Princeton approved includes a new Dairy Queen building, an extended sidewalk, a 22-space parking lot, signage and landscaping amenities.

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