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.

Heather Dawson September 17, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Awesome finally some new business in Yorkville. Keep the new companies coming
Mary 59 September 17, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Olive Garden?
someone September 17, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Great to get a new business, but more ice cream and sub-par food isn't exactly what I'm looking for.
Yorkville Resident September 17, 2012 at 07:52 PM
There's already a baskin Robbins and enough fast food places why not build a Walmart or something for people to do
Monica Novak September 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Thats ok But we could use a TraderJoe's or even a Cheese Cake Factory!I know keep dreaming!!!
G Charles September 18, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Yes it is time for some new blood in Yorkville! Need restaurants, dollar tree, hallmark, etc!!!!
Patrick and Linda Skinner September 18, 2012 at 03:09 PM
We could really use a Trader Joes. I agree with Monica. Patrick and Linda
Cheryl Knuth-Hayward September 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
we need something to change up dinner options, how about a awesome bbq place, or a steakhouse like Texas Roadhouse, walmart for sure Chipolte, lets get this town in the 2012 so more people want to move here so our taxes will go down a bit
Becky September 18, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I would love to see a restaurant move in with some actual vegetarian or better yet - vegan options. Not just salads and grilled cheese sandwiches. Casa Santiago is the only one I've been to so far that has an actual vegetarian section and tells you on the menu what is veg-based vs. meat-based. Love it. I really don't think Walmart is going to move in since we've already got a Target and there's a Walmart in Plano. How about a craft store (Michael's)?
someone September 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Walmart is already in Montgomery, Oswego, and Plano. How many can we possibly need?
Olivia5307 September 24, 2012 at 05:57 AM
There WAS a Hallmark in Yorkville -- it closed. Not enough business.
Olivia5307 September 24, 2012 at 05:59 AM
The population of Yorkville is way too small to support these types of businesses.
Olivia5307 September 24, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Dairy Queen is to hire 38 full-time and 35 part-time employees??? Not a chance! More like 5 and 5.
Bob M September 24, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Wal Mart IS coming to Yorkville. They own the acreage on RT 34 adjacent to the Post Office. The only question is WHEN they will build out. Probably not until economic conditions improve, (Obama out of office) and Yorkville's population resumes its growth.
julie November 15, 2012 at 06:06 PM
We need a chilis or famous daves or even a popeyes in yorkville il
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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