Dairy Queen Grill and Chill restaurant under construction in Horace

The fast-food favorite known for its soft-serve ice cream, shakes, burgers and fries will likely open in October, an owner said.

The Dairy Queen Grill and Chill at 1702 Center Ave. W. in Dilworth, Minn., as it appears Wednesday, June 15, 2022. A similar construction template is being used for the Dairy Queen now under construction in Horace, N.D., a co-owner said.
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HORACE, N.D. — A Dairy Queen Grill and Chill restaurant is going up on the north side of this fast-growing Fargo-Moorhead bedroom community.

The year-round home of hot eats and cool treats will probably open in October, said co-owner Tonya Johnson.

Johnson also co-owns the Dairy Queen restaurants in Dilworth and at Timber Creek on 52nd Avenue (5131 Prosperity Way) in south Fargo.

Foundation work on the eatery is being completed now just north of the Vive Salon and the recently opened Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy.

“It will be similar in size to what’s in Dilworth right now. It’s not going to be identical, but it’s going to be pretty close,” Johnson said Tuesday, June 14.


Dining options are limited in Horace. On Main Street, there are Big Erv’s Bar & Grill and Casey’s General Store (pizza and other items), and The Grove Coffee and Wine .

At the same time, the town is growing quickly. Nearly 300 single-family homes were built in the city limits in 2021, and housing starts appear to be on the same trajectory for this year, City Administrator Brent Holper said.

That kind of growth caught Johnson’s eye.

“It’s a really developing area,” she said. “It’s a spot we had looked into.”

The West Fargo School District also built Heritage Middle School and Horace High School on the north side of town.

“That definitely makes a difference as well. It’s developing down there,” Johnson said.

She expects the shop, with its soft-serve ice cream, signature shakes and Blizzards, and burgers and fries fast-food menu, to be busy with families and young people after school, sporting events and concerts.

This will be the second Dairy Queen to open this year for Johnson and her husband. The Dilworth restaurant opened in late March.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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