Dairy Queen Demolished In Crete, New One to Come Soon

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Out with the old and in with the new, construction crews demolished the Dairy Queen in Crete on Tuesday.

It was built in the 1950s and has a lot of history, but it's all to make room for a new DQ restaurant.

But as some remember the history others say it's time to move on.

"I like the old time look of the dairy queen," said Eve Bright, a seamstress at Jean's Creative Sewing in Crete.

The old Dairy Queen will be missed by some in the town, but many say it's time for a change.

"We can't live in the past forever," said Bright.

The previous owner sold this property, he retired, the new owner from Lincoln wanted a completely new restaurant.

"You had the old building it was nostalgic, but the new owner is using the new dairy queen model," said Crete city administrator Tom Ourada.

"It's time for something new just so long as dairy queen doesn't leave us," said Bright.

And that may have happened if the city didn't pitch in some money to help lure in the new owner to buy the property.

Ourada says this whole process was helped by the city's TIF or Tax Increment Financing to bring in the new buyer.

"If we're given a choice of not having a dairy queen or having a new Dairy Queen, obvious we'd have the new Dairy Queen," said Ourada.

Bright says she goes to dairy queen a couple times a month and looks forward to the new upgrades.

"Maybe a little more room for seating, because it gets so crowded in there that there's no place to sit," said Bright.

But she'll have to wait a while to tame her sweet tooth.

"Naturally, now that's it's shut down I'm dying for a blizzard," said Bright.

There's no set deadline for the completion of this project, but 10/11 was told sometime in summer 2014.