By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Williamsburg residents and visitors now have a new place to eat in the city.
The Dairy Queen restaurant off of Exit 11 on I-75 opened its doors at 6 a.m. Friday — and ended the breakfast rush with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Several city and county officials as well as representatives with the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce arrived en masse to the new Williamsburg location Friday — and got to sample several of the restaurant’s specialties, including smoothies, chicken strips, shrimp, onion rings and of course, the infamous Blizzard.
“This is a great day for the city of Williamsburg and Dairy Queen,” said Bruce Carpenter, executive director of the Southern Kentucky Chamber. “On behalf of the city officials and county officials, welcome to the community.”
Franchise owner and CEO Matt Frauenshuh said the Williamsburg Dairy Queen is number 76 for the state of Kentucky. He added that they have 147 stores operating in nine different states.
“It is family owned and faith based,” Frauenshuh said. “We care about the employees and we care about the communities where we’re located.”
He added the store wishes to be a “community partner” and help the city to grow.
Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison also spoke to the group Friday. “(You are) welcome here,” he said. “We’re (glad) you’re taking a chance on us.”
Whitley County Judge/Executive Pat White Jr. also welcomed Dairy Queen to the county.
Dairy Queen is located on the same road as the county’s new health department building and Tractor Supply.