Dairy Belle in Dania Beach: Same Location, New Digs

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Dairy Belle on Route 1 is based on a mid-century Americana roadside stand. Yet it has been around since 1998, and it was conceived by French Canadians.

After over a decade of existence, change is coming: Francois Grenier and family are moving to a new place. Here's the hitch: They're building a bigger structure with as much terrace space in the very same parking lot.

"We have very little storage which is a real issue from November through April when we're busiest," says Grenier. At the new place which is on track for completion in January, customers will order inside and pick up their food at a window outdoors. They'll also add an additional register.

A larger space will also allow for the family to expand beyond custard to sell an array hard ice creams and low fat yogurt. "We want to make novelty sundaes," says Grenier.

Once the business moves, the original structure will be demolished to make way for a new building with ground floor retail and second story apartments. No plans for restaurants on the ground level: the family is being courted by retail candidates now.

In the meantime, the original restaurant will remain open through construction. A favorite dish is the traditional poutine with brown gravy and cheese curds. For less than $6, it's certain to put meat on your bones, whether or not you need it.

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Dairy Belle

118 N. Federal Highway, Dania Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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While it's been named "Dairy Belle" since 1998, the stand has been in that location -- conceived by real Americans --  for over 50 years, first as a Dairy Queen, then Florida Queen, and other names, until Grenier took over in 1998.

I remember stopping there in the late 70s, on the way home from the beach, to get the kids (and me!) ice cream for the long trek back to Davie.  They made amazing milkshakes using soft drink syrups.  My favorite was the root beer milkshake.

I seem to recall the older incarnations had two registers, which moved people through a little faster than the current set-up.  It always seemed like today's operators wanted a little more control of their cash.  I don't believe the current owners used as many local kids as employees, either.

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