An updated version of a Dairy Queen, called DQ Grill and Chill, is slated to be built this summer at Logan Town Centre.
Unlike the typical Dairy Queen with window service and limited seating, the DQ Grill and Chill will have indoor seating for 85 to 90 patrons and a drive-thru. It will create 40 to 45 full-time and part-time jobs.
Similar versions can be found in the State College and Pittsburgh areas, developer Matthew Fownes of Hollidaysburg said Monday, after presenting land development plans to the Logan Township Planning Commission.
He and partners Rick and Henry Fownes, Delaney Berry and Chris Kopac formed Fronko LP to pursue the project.
Plans, which the planning commission agreed to forward to the township supervisors for approval, show the restaurant will be along Osgood Drive, between Chili's Grill and Bar and the site designated for construction of a Texas Roadhouse restaurant.
Design engineer Gabe Pellegrini said the DQ Grill and Chill and Texas Roadhouse restaurants are expected to follow similar construction schedules this summer, with the partners hoping to have DQ Grill and Chill finished by the end of July.
"We're on somewhat of a fast track here," Pellegrini said.
The planning commission liked the proposal's plans for a connecting brick sidewalk from the Texas Roadhouse restaurant to the DQ's patio. An entrance road will separate Chili's Grill and Bar from the DQ site.
Commission member John Klingeman asked about parking restrictions and if a patron at Chili's would be able to park in the neighboring DQ's lot.
Logan Town Centre has no exclusive parking areas, Matthew Fownes said.
Commission member Gerald Balasco praised the planners for including the connecting brick sidewalk but pointed out the lack of a sidewalk along Osgood Drive.
"Logan Town Centre has never had sidewalks along that road," said Cassandra Schmick, township planning and zoning director.
Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.