By Samuel Smith
Millington has a new restaurant opening up called DQ Grill and Chill.
Known for years as Dairy Queen, DQ has been around for
decades. Dairy Queen was founded by John Fremont McCullough, his son Bradley and a customer Sheb Noble. They opened the first Dairy Queen store in 1940 in Joliet, Ill.
Though the store hasn’t been in operation since the 1950s, the building still stands as a city-designated landmark. As of 2010, Dairy Queen has grown to more than 5,700 stores worldwide.
The first two DQ Grill and Chill restaurants opened in Dec. 2001 in Chattanooga. The Millington DQ compared to the other ones is much larger in size and has a completely new design, featuring the latest model style and technology.
The nation’s largest DQ Grill and Chill is located in Bloomington, Ill. In comparison, the one in Millington will seat 72 people in the dining area and 25 people on the patio. Not to mention, equipped with the latest high-definition dining experiences for the customers.
The digital boards in Millington will feature an expanded menu with breakfast, GrillBurgers and grilled sandwiches, also Orange Julius Product line. There will also be the signature “The Blizzard,” products. Also on the menu is the $5 lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
“We are happy to be here,” Millington DQ co-owner Paul Tibbetts said. “We have been looking at Millington for a while now.”
Tibbetts and business partner Woody Ray have opened several Dairy Queen eateries throughout West Tennessee since 2011. The duo opened its first Dairy Queen in Ripley in July 2011, then one in the Munford/Atoka area in December 2012.
The next location opened by Tibbetts and Ray was in Southaven, Miss., this past November.
“We began construction at the first of the year and are expecting to be completed within the range of the 17-23 of June,” Tibbetts said of the Millington location. “We have already hired 75 people.”
He also mentioned they would be opening up two more Dairy Queens in North Mississippi, one in Olive Branch and the other one in Horn Lake.
The hours of operation for the Millington DQ Grill and Chill will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Dairy Queen is to be located on 8569 Highway 51 North.