Friday, February 28, 2014

Decatur Landmark to be Bulldozed - Hint: DQ

 (Looks like no one can save this Decatur landmark.... That's too bad because it was "THE" link from the other side of the tracks.)


Since 1985 Nisar Momin and his family have served Dairy Queen soft freeze cones, slaw dogs and other treats to Decatur-area residents. It was Momin’s first business when he arrived in the United States from India in 1984. He loves his connection to Decatur: “We stay connected with the community. Decatur is great, and the people who live in and around here are very good to us.”

The Dairy Queen building where they work has stood since 1954 near the intersection of E. Trinity Place and E. College Avenue. It is one of more than 5,600  American Dairy Queen stores worldwide, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. It also is one of the few remaining barn-shaped Dairy Queen franchises in Metro Atlanta.

In fact it is one of the few remnants of the fast-food, drive-up vernacular architecture that arose in postwar America as a way of capturing the attention of a young, car-crazed American society. You didn’t need to see a cowboy hat, redheaded clown, Kentucky colonel, or pizza pie spinner to know what was sold there. All you needed was a familiar silhouette of the buildings visible through the fog to know that it was an Arby’s, McDonald’s, KFC or Pizza Hut.
Photo by D.G.Whitefield for Next Stop...Decatur 

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