GREENVILLE — Ice cream in January? Be honest: Is there really a “bad” time for ice cream?
Dairy King, Greenville’s newest eating establishment, located at 807 Martin Street, first opened its doors for business on January 2. And from initial impressions, Treaty City citizens are giving the ice-cream vendor a thumbs up.
Jerry Bunch, a lifelong Greenville resident, who was ordering a cheeseburger and chili dog during his first visit to the restaurant on Tuesday, described himself as “very happy.”
“I’ve been waiting for this place to open for a long time,” he said. “I’ve been coming here since I was a little kid. It’s nice to see a new business come to Greenville.”
Dairy King offers a wide selection of foods and desserts. Foods such as flame-broiled burgers, chili dogs, tenderloins and chicken tenders can be matched up with french fries, cheese sticks or onion rings, then topped off with soft-serve, hand-dipped ice cream or other frozen concoction, such as a “Tornado” or flavored “Slushie.”
Dave McCartney, one of the establishment’s co-owners, says that the restaurant has enjoyed a great response from the community.
“We’ve heard some nice things about our tenderloin,” he said. “And people are also talking about our crispy chicken sandwich and burgers.”
He added, “So far, though, our biggest hit is the chicken tenders.”
McCartney and his wife Jodi have joined in the business venture with two other families to run the restaurant — Dave and Nickie Bush and John and Stephanie Baumgardner. John Baumgardner, who owns the property, was on hand to speak Tuesday.
“We bought this about a year ago,” Baumgardner said. “The more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn’t want to do it myself.”
McCartney added, “We wanted to create something nice for this side of town,” with both men noting its proximity to much of the city’s industrial complexes as well as the town’s baseball diamonds.
Back to that hand-dipped ice cream: Baumgardner says Dairy King offer eight flavors of “Chocolate Shoppe” brand ice cream from Madison, Wisconsin.
“We have the exclusive rights to sell this in Darke County,” he said. “No one else here can.”
McCartney chimed in, saying, “People in general just like ice cream. Even in the middle of winter, they’re wearing hats, gloves and ordering ice cream.”
Dairy King also has a web presence, sporting a Facebook page (search “Greenville Dairy King”) where visitors can view the menu, be informed about new offerings and leave comments. Baumgardner says that the eatery will soon offer online ordering.
Both Baumgardner and McCartney expressed their satisfaction with getting the ice-cream joint up and running.
“Ultimately, we want people to have a good place to eat, with good food, at a locally-owned, family-run business,” said Baumgardner.
Dairy King’s winter hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., all days of the week. This summer, the restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 1o p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant offers dine-in, carry-out and drive-thru service, with payment accepted by cash or credit/debit card.
For more information, call Dairy King at 937-459-3535.
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