When Imperial Investments acquired the nostalgic 57-year old Dairy Hut in Oswego, the phone calls kept development director Mike Mann’s phone busy.
He didn’t want to be known as the Dairy Hut ice cream destroyer.
The Dairy Hut on South Main Street will be demolished. In the same location, a new bigger ice cream business called The Dairy Barn will be constructed, owned, and operated by Imperial Investments of Yorkville. Mann said demolition and construction will not start this next spring. A grand opening is set for spring 2021.
Mann says he has been tasting Dairy Hut ice cream for 40 years. He talked about the theme of the year-round restaurant.
The new Dairy Barn will be 5,000 square feet with a 1,200 square foot outdoor patio, inside seating, second floor party room, and a game room. Mann said he will work with two nearby locations to share parking lots after 5 p.m. while mentioning the proposed public parking at The Reserve at Hudson Crossing.
Upcoming will be a presentation and approval by the Oswego Village Board, said Mann.
Finally, Mann answered these two tough questions.
Mann revealed he’d like to see a mural on the side of the three-story building his firm is building across the alley on the former Oswego Village Hall site. Part of the theme, a tribute to the Dairy Hut.