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Malone to get Dairy Queen

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MALONE — A new Dairy Queen Grill and Chill is slated to be built on the empty parcel of land between Mo’s Pub and Grill and McDonald’s west the village.

Bruce Monette, president of Adirondack Energy Products Inc. and one of the owners of the new restaurant, made the announcement Friday.

The news comes after the 3.4-acre lot was purchased for about $166,000 below its market value at a Franklin County land auction in June.

“It’s a real up-and-coming concept,” Mr. Monette said. “It’s a great company.”

The restaurant is projected to open in June, he said, and contractors are being sought. He said building will start as soon as the weather cooperates.

Mr. Monette said the “grill and chill” will combine DQ’s meals and its well-known desserts, such as the Blizzard.

Though Mo’s is right next door –– also part of the Monette family’s group of businesses –– Mr. Monette said the two eateries are different kinds of dining experiences and he doesn’t see them competing with each other.

“I don’t really see it being competition for anybody,” he said. “It’s a new offering.”

A news release from DQ notes that this is the only one of its restaurants in Franklin County. The Malone restaurant will be able to seat 72 people and will have a drive-through window.

The release states that DQ has everything from burgers to chicken strips and shrimp to quesadillas and hot dogs. The restaurant also serves smoothies, ice cream sundaes and cones.

Mr. Monette said that the restaurant will be owned exclusively by his family. The Monettes own multiple businesses in the Malone area in addition to Mo’s, including Titus Mountain Family Ski Center, the Holiday Inn Express and Adirondack Energy Products Inc.

When the land parcel sold, some county legislators were disappointed that it went for a price well below its estimated value.

The property used to belong to Alaskan Oil, which had a gas station there that was cleaned up a few years ago.

“We never expected that property to sell for the amount it did. It was unbelievable,” former Legislator Tim Lashomb, R-Malone, said in July. “I think [in] hind sight, we should’ve put a reasonable minimum bid on it.”

However, both Mr. Lashomb and fellow Malone Legislator Gordon Crossman were optimistic about what is going to be built there.

Mr. Crossman spoke positively of the new restaurant Friday, noting that any business that comes in and will employ people is beneficial to the community.

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