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Dairy Queen Coming to Yorkville

City leaders approved an incentive package for the restaurant, which would be built near Blackstone Bar & Grill.

Dairy Queen Grill and Chill is expected to be built in Yorkville by Feb. 28, according to a $30,740 sales tax rebate pact aldermen approved last week.

Aniri LLC is expected to build a 2,187-square-foot restaurant at 704 E. Veterans Parkway that could employ 38 full-time employees and 35 part-time employees, according to a draft of the agreement presented last week. The corporation will receive a 0.5 percent sales tax rebate over 10 years or up to $30,740, whichever comes first, according to the draft agreement.

Yorkville aldermen unanimously approve the pact Tuesday.

Aniri LLC had been exploring building the restaurant in Kendall Marketplace, the shopping center that houses Target, but the developer abandoned those plans because of Kendall Marketplace's special service area (an extra property tax) and the property being in receivership, City Administrator Bart Olson said. The sales tax rebate helps the developer cover the costs of building design and engineering plans associated with the earlier location.

"The City Council has had a history of giving incentive agreements to developers for reimbursement of infrastructure installation and for simple business recruitment," Olson wrote in a memo to City Council member.

"In many cases over the past few years, the City Council has been proactive in providing incentives to developers for simply choosing to build in Yorkville," Olson continued. "This has benefited us directly by providing us with sales taxes that we previously did not have. In the case of Kendall Marketplace, this incentive saved the City budget by replacing the lost sales tax revenue from the closure of ProBuild."

City staff expect to issue an occupancy permit for the new restaurant in December or January, Olson said. The Dairy Queen's anticipated address, 704 E. Veterans Parkway, is near Blackstone Bar & Grill, which sits at 600 E. Veterans Parkway.

Jake Delrose November 15, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Just from the comments on what others want for stores and restaurants, those businesses are there to accommodate large towns and larger populations. I came to Yorkville to avoid those places because Yorkville offers small businesses, that are owned by local people, with a mix of several larger places to go to also . If I care to go to those places, I travel to those places. If you guys want to live in Naperville or any other yuppie towns, then go to or go back to Naperville to live. That is not Yorkville and nor should it be. The interesting thing is that Illinois is a very poor business climate, I am shocked that Dairy Queen would do this and I am thankful that they are here. Will I go to Dairy Queen? Absolutely! A great small company. Chilis or Famous Daves, no thanks. Look at Blackstone or other individual owned businesses not franchises. They do wonderfully and offer a better service then those places mentioned. Be careful on what you want. Once you leave that small town charm, you never get it back.
Rachael B. November 20, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Jake, Dairy Queen is a franchise, maybe locally owned, but a chain nonetheless.
Kim December 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I'll keep it positive lol yay Dairy Queen! Better burgers then mc Donald's, the ice cream rocks and its affordable :) wouldn't mind a famous Dave's or chilis though either ;)
Olivia5307 December 30, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Want a GOOD burger? Go next door to Blackstone.
Olivia5307 December 30, 2012 at 04:47 AM
The population is way too small. Famous Dave's went out of business in Naperville, which has a population of 140,000+.

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