Grafton Dairy Queen closes its doors

THE GRAFTON DAIRY QUEEN closed on Jan. 1. A handwritten note left at one of the entrances states that the owner retired and the restaurant had shut down. Photo by Sam Arend
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Dairy Queen in Grafton abruptly closed at the start of this year, leaving a vacancy next to the Citgo gas station on Port Washington Road.

The business at 1185 N. Port Washington Rd. closed Jan. 1. Two handwritten notes left on the entrances said the owner of the franchise retired, leading the fast-food restaurant to shutter its doors. 

The phone line for the Dairy Queen has been disconnected and messages left with the corporate office were not returned by Wednesday, Jan. 15.

According to officials, the location is one of a few drive-through establishments in the village. The village no longer permits drive-through businesses along the Port Washington corridor, however the Dairy Queen was already in business before the zoning restriction was established.

Grafton Village Director of Community Development Jessica Wolff said another drive-through will be permitted for a replacement business at the Dairy Queen location for one year after the closure. 

Wolff said a new Dairy Queen or a similar business would only require conditional-use and occupancy permits. Otherwise, the location will adopt the surrounding zoning after 12 months, which allows for a restaurant but no drive-through, she noted.



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