Updated Dairy Queen takes shape on site of demolished store

A new Dairy Queen is taking shape at 402 N.
A plastic-wrapped work site at 402 N. University Drive in Fargo will become a new Dairy Queen restaurant by some time in April. Dave Olson / The Forum

A new Dairy Queen is taking shape at 402 N. University Drive in Fargo, the site of an old Dairy Queen that was torn down last fall.

Although construction is progressing, the project’s original completion target of sometime in February has been pushed back and an April opening is now more likely, said owner Dave Stedman, who also owns the Dairy Queen in West Fargo.

Stedman said when the doors to the new Dairy Queen open, it will likely be a quiet event in order to allow staff to get used to the new building and equipment.

He said the rebuilt structure will be larger than the original by about 750 square feet.

It will also have indoor seating for about 37 people, and the business will operate year-round, rather than close for the winter months as the old Dairy Queen did.

City records indicate the original Dairy Queen at that site was built in 1965.