Food

Dairy Queen

I saw today that Dairy Queen plans to open sixty new stores in Massachusetts. We actually have one in walking distance, but there aren’t many around besides that. It’s very popular, even in a town with a Friendly’s and with a branch of one of the best ice cream places in the state, also in walking distance.

It intrigued me to learn that DQ is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. That’s the first I’d heard of it. I can see it being a good turnaround or expansion target. The brand is well-known, reputable, and for some of us has nostalgic associations.

When I was a kid, we regularly went to the DQ in Kingston or East Bridgewater, both long gone. I believe at least the Kingston store had food, not just ice cream.

In 2004, driving the new wife from California to Massachusetts, we stopped to eat at a Dairy Queen. Might have been in Virginia. The food was fantastic. That made me with we had some around here. Or some that served food, anyway.

So that was my question, seeing the news: Would they try to be full DQ stores, or mere ice cream shops? I guess we’ll see.

Walter S. Mack Jr

Don Surber has been running a series of posts on exceptional Americans, with the first set now in book form. Many of them are, naturally, people from the world of business, invention and innovation.

Today’s example was a real education for me, as I did not know the history of Pepsi, or how there came to be a longstanding two cola rivalry.

Read about Walter S. Mack Jr and how he turned an obscure drink owned by a candy company into a huge success, at the same time helping to normalize racial equality of opportunity.

Shoney’s

I was intrigued by this news about Shoney’s reviving. I hadn’t heard the name in years, which itself is telling, if not as much as it would be if they existed in New England.

I first heard of Shoney’s from the CPA I worked for in 1985. He had a place in Florida and went there for an extended time twice each year, after tax season ended, and then in October. He just loved Shoney’s, and had been investing a lot of money in their stock. The very next year, I stayed in Florida for six weeks, so I went to Shoney’s once or twice. One in Raleigh, NC was my first exposure to a breakfast buffet. Yum.