For 57 years, the Dairy Hut has stood in its small, unique building on South Main Street in Oswego serving ice cream and other food treats to generations of children and parents.
But a handwritten poster sign in the window in August announced it was closed for the season, seemingly unusual for an ice cream business in the busy summer months.
One of the last locally owned ice cream restaurants in the area, it was the place for local youth sports teams and bicyclists. Many high school students received their first real job at the location over the years. Closed over winter, the Dairy Hut annually signaled spring when it reopened.
However, Koenig Rubloff, a realty group, shows the Dairy Hut being sold on on August 13th listed at $290,000 price tag, down from its original asking price of $350,000. According to Oswego Village Administrator Dan DiSanto, the property has been on the market for several years.
Mike Mann, of Imperial Investments in Yorkville, confirmed that they have purchased the property after the Dairy Hut closed, stressing they were not part of the closure. He also told WSPY News that a decision to tear down the Dairy Hut or keep it has not been determined by Imperial Investments, which is owned by Rick Tollefson.
DiSanto said there have been no offers or plans to abandon an alley between Adams and Main Street for real estate expansion. Mann also said his firm wants the alley to remain to reach their parking behind their new building at the old village hall site.
Village of Oswego officials announced last week that construction will soon begin on a three-story mixed-use building at that site, 113 Main St. which is also owned by Imperial Investments.
In addition, Mann said Imperial has purchased the vacant lot adjacent and north of the former Main Street Oswego fire department station.