A sister company to the firm that owns the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill restaurant on Jenkins Road in downtown Whitesburg has applied for a permit to build a “quick service restaurant” on Hazard Road in West Whitesburg.
Double Seven Development of Minneapolis, Minn., has applied for a floodplain permit from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Department to build a fast food restaurant on the old Lowe’s Home Improvement lot, next door to the Letcher County School Bus Garage. Double Seven Development is a limited liability company managed by Matthew Frauenshuh, who is also principal of Frauenshuh Inc., and CEO of Fourteen Foods, the largest Dairy Queen franchisee in the country.
The name of the restaurant to be built on the old Lowe’s lot is redacted from public filings, and there is no indication whether the company plans to replace the existing Dairy Queen on Jenkins Road, open a second location, or open a different branded restaurant all together.
The lot was formerly owned by Tim Short Chrysler, and contains 2.23 acres. The proposed restaurant would be built on one half of the land, leaving a little over an acre for future development.
The existing Dairy Queen was built in the late 1970s as a Burger Queen restaurant, and the name was changed to Druther’s in 1981. Druther’s became a Dairy Queen territory operator in 1990 and converted its entire chain to Dairy Queen restaurants soon afterward. Druther’s still owns 10 restaurants in Kentucky and Indiana.
Fourteen Foods owns 222 Dairy Queen Brazier and Dairy Queen Grill & Chill restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
In this region, Fourteen Foods owns Dairy Queen locations is Prestonsburg, Martin, Coal Run, Pikeville, Whitesburg, Harlan, Pineville, Middlesboro, Barbourville, Corbin, and Williamsburg. It owns many other locations across central, northern and western Kentucky.