Going to the neighborhood
may be a part of several families’ traditions, but few families are as tied to the restaurant as Angela Karkou’s. Her grandfather owned the Dairy Queen on Cedar Street for 26 years before her father purchased it and has been operating it for 25.
“I’ve worked there since I was ten,” says Karkou.
Though she still works at Dairy Queen, she’s now calling herself the boss. Karkou now owns a brand new Dairy Queen and Orange Julius store on West Saginaw. The addition of the Orange Julius is in keeping with the corporation’s new business model.
“We’re now open year round and Orange Julius offers more sandwich offerings,” says Karkou. “We have a wider menu with paninis.”
The 1,410 opened last week. The new Dairy Queen includes a drive through and interior seating for up to 12 diners. Karkou will hire 12-15 employees to operate the location.
A grand opening celebration is scheduled to take place from December 16 through December 18 including promotions such as half priced Dairy Queen cakes.