After 57 years, the Dairy Hut in downtown Oswego has served its last ice cream cone.
In an announcement, Tuesday, Imperial Investments of Yorkville say they will demolish the iconic Dairy Hut on South Main Street.
That's according to Mike Mann with Imperial who told WSPY Imperial plans to develop a business called the "Dairy Barn."
Mann says the business will be a farmed-theme restaurant with ice cream, food options, a party room and games.
The facility is expected to have construction begin after the opening of Imperial's project at 113 Main St. Imperial broke ground last week for the three-story brick building with a restaurant on the first floor and office spaces on the second and third floors at the former Oswego Village Hall, now a vacant lot.
Imperial also owns land at the corner of Jackson and Main Street adjacent to the old Oswego Fire Department station.
Imperial said it hopes to have that three-story building completed by June 2020.
Dairy Barn should open in Spring of 2021.
Meanwhile, the unique shaped front of the Dairy Hut building has been a fixture in Oswego since 1962. With its small waiting area inside and two-window counter, the Dairy Hut was the place for lunch or dinner and ice cream, providing many teens with their first job experience. Mann says demolition will be done over time with internal work on demolition and removal already underway.
In addition, the village of Oswego is starting major infrastructure improvements on Adams Street and the alley between the Dairy Hut and Imperial’s restaurant-office project.
That includes new water and sewer lines, an underground stormwater detention vault, parking, sidewalks, shared garbage dumpster space, and street-alley reconstruction. The property is part of a tax-increment financing or TIF District for downtown redevelopment.
Closed over winter, the Dairy Hut annually signaled spring when it reopened.
In the 1960's, youth enjoyed free ice cream cones for marching in the Memorial Day parade.
Bicyclists and youth sport teams were regular customers. It also was the last of the mom-pop owned ice cream businesses in the village.