Northeast Tarrant

Blizzard alert: Dairy Queen is coming to Hurst

A new Dairy Queen should be open in Hurst by the Memorial Day weekend.
A new Dairy Queen should be open in Hurst by the Memorial Day weekend. Star-Telegram archives

Residents soon won’t have to go far for their Peanut Buster parfait or Mint Oreo Blizzard fix.

Dairy Queen will soon open along a busy stretch at Precinct Line and the frontage road to the Airport Freeway, and city officials said the popular fast food restaurant is scheduled to ready for business in time by Memorial Day.

The Hurst City Council approved the site plan for the 3,475 square-foot building during the Jan. 27 meeting,and construction is already starting.

Steve Bowden, executive director of economic development for the city said the new Dairy Queen is exciting news for the area next to the North Tarrant Express highway, which already boasts a new Golden Chick and In-n-Out Burger.

“I think the new Dairy Queen will be a real attraction here,” he said. “When we announced that Dairy Queen was coming to Hurst, people were anxious to have a Blizzard.”

During an H-E-B leadership class bus tour of Hurst in December, Bowden said the item that got the most applause was when he announced that people would soon get their Dilly Bars in Hurst.

Bowden said the Dairy Queen will feature big screen TVs, free wifi, satellite radio and an outdoor patio.

Billed as a “fan food” — not fast food — the restaurant chain has long been popular in rural Texas. But recently, the “Stop Sign of Texas” been re-establishing itself in Northeast Tarrant County.

A new Dairy Queen It opened a new Keller location on Keller Parkway in December and in Euless, the Dairy Queen that opened in April 2013 on North Industrial Boulevard is always busy.

When asked how much the new Hurst restaurant will generate in additional sales tax dollars, Bowden said he did not have any figures but added that Dairy Queen is an above average sales producer.

Dairy Queen restaurants are doing well in other areas of Northeast Tarrant County, Bowden said.

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696

Twitter: @fwstliz