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BLOOMINGTON  -- The nation's largest Dairy Queen Grill & Chill restaurant will open in Bloomington next spring.

The eatery, 411 N. Veterans Parkway,  will be located on a 1-acre outlot at the corner of Eastland Drive and Veterans Parkway that was purchased from the owners of Cub Foods.

"It's pretty slick really. It's a neat design," co-owner Wendell Bradley said of the 5,000-square-foot restaurant. Bradley and his wife own four other Dairy Queens, including the Normal location.

The Grill & Chill concept is Dairy Queen's new, upscale eatery design.  For example, the Bloomington location will include a fireplace and flat-screen televisions in the 140-seat dining room, and two fireplaces and heat on the patio, which will seat 40.

The menu will include breakfast, lunch and dinner items as well as treats. There will also be an Orange Julius inside the eatery, which will also have two drive-thru lanes.

Bradley, who has been a franchisee for 33 years, negotiated the larger location with Dairy Queen's CEO.  He also has a Grill & Chill in Decatur and said that site is among the top five Dairy Queens nationwide in sales. He hopes his new location will be the best in the country.

"Bloomington's just a very strong market," said Bradley, a Decatur resident. "It's just a very stable economy."

Hours are tentatively scheduled as 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is possible the drive-thru may be open later.

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