Dilworth is in for a treat: a new Dairy Queen is coming to town

Tonya Johnson, owner of Fargo's Timber Creek area Dairy Queen, is building a year-round shop on the west side of Dilworth.

Construction of a Dairy Queen restaurant at 1702 Center Ave. W., Dilworth, Minn., began in late August. Work on the building's foundation was continuing Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Plans call for the new DQ to open in February or March, if all goes well.
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DILWORTH — Dilworth residents in for a dilly (bar) of a treat.

A new Dairy Queen restaurant is under construction at 1702 Center Ave. W. A permit for $1,060,000 was issued for the project, according to 2021 Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead records.

The restaurant will be owned by Tonya Johnson, who also owns Fargo’s Timber Creek area Dairy Queen.

The closure and razing of the old seasonal DQ in 2017 meant “there wasn’t any ice cream or anything over there,” Johnson said Friday, Sept. 10.

“It’s a busy and growing area. That was actually my first option before we built in Fargo,” Johnson said. Dairy Queen didn’t initially approve the request, but the city’s growth in the last few years melted any opposition at the corporate level, she said.


Construction started in late August and foundations are being poured. Completion of the store is expected in February or March.

Johnson is excited to open another shop.


“This will be a year-round store with a drive-through,” she said. Delivery will be an option, too.
City Administrator Peyton Mastera said the project is a solid addition to the community.

“Just from the city’s perspective, we’re excited to have Dairy Queen back in the community,” Mastera said Friday. “We’re excited to have them back in the fold and they’ll be well supported.”

Mastera said the shop will have a sweet location.

“It’s in close proximity to 34th Street, next to the old shopping center where we have a couple of other restaurants,” he said. “We think it’s an ideal fit. We should have a decent amount of traffic there and we’re excited for its opening.”

The former Dilworth DQ had been purchased in 2017 and razed to accommodate an expansion of a Casey’s General Store.

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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