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Dairy Queen on West Colorado closes after 61 years; taco eatery to go there

      
The Dairy Queen at 22nd Street and Colorado Avenue, once known for its hamburgers and ice cream, has closed. Following a remodel, a Taco Star drive-through restaurant is planned for the site in 2017.
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For 61 years, the Westside had a Dairy Queen franchise.
       That saga ended this month (December) with the closure of the fast-food restaurant/ice cream parlor at 2131 W. Colorado Ave.
       But the space is not destined to remain dormant for long. According to business sources, the 1,350-square-foot building at the southeast corner of Colorado and 22nd Street will be remodeled for a Taco Star drive-through restaurant, to open this spring.
       Taco Star is a statewide chain, including three current locations in Colorado Springs.
       The 7,200-square-foot Dairy Queen property and business had been owned since 1975 by Werner and Joanne Karlson, who managed it for all but four years until 1995, then leased out the franchise for the last 21 years. Along with the overall 61-year time frame, the couple shared some aspects of their story (excerpted below):
       “They [the franchise owners] notified us in November 2016 that they would be closing the business due to poor health and to concentrate on their other DQ location…
       “We had many employees from the Westside, Manitou Springs and Cheyenne Mountain High School…
       “As a landlord, we regret that we couldn't find another ice cream business to continue at our location. The newer fast-food businesses, including Dairy Queen Brazier, today want more land for a larger building and parking lot.”
       The West Colorado closure leaves seven DQ stores in the Colorado Springs metro area. The closest one to the Westside is at 315 W. Fillmore St.

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(Posted 12/28/16, updated 12/30/16; Business: Changes)

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