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New Braselton Dairy Queen opens with a busy first day, 70 employees
Braselton’s new Dairy Queen Grill & Chill provided a Friday after-school treat for the Palmer trio of, from left, Tristan, 8, Alana, 5, and Hunter, 10. Their grandfather, Jamie Palmer, said they would likely be eating at DQ a good bit since their mom works nearby. - photo by LeAnne Akin

Seventy local people are now on the payroll at Dairy Queen in Braselton, which celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, 21 weeks from the groundbreaking for the state-of-the-art DQ Grill & Chill at the corner of Ga. 53 and Braselton Parkway.

Brothers Sadiq Pathrawala and Asfak Momin have invested in their fourth Dairy Queen. which Pathrawala says is a unique, 3,000-square-foot plan with a covered patio and double drive at the entrance to Park 53 at Braselton.

Joining in for the ribbon-cutting were employees and the owners’ parents, Raja and Zarina Pathrawala, who traveled from India for the occasion. Also on hand were In-Transition Realty team members including owner/broker Jonathan Gomolak and representatives from Funari Realty, including commercial division director Brenda Branch, who handled the land sale, and Tony Funari, who also serves on the Braselton Town Council, and real estate professional Tracy Jordan.

Braselton Councilwoman Becky Richardson said she was glad Dairy Queen was open. Business was bustling on the opening evening when she and husband Ralph, a Jackson County commissioner, dined on burgers, and he added a Blizzard.

“He loves those,” she said.

“I am sure we will have many visits there with the grandchildren,” said Richardson, who notes that ice cream is always a favorite.

After getting out of class at West Jackson Elementary School, Palmer siblings, Hunter, 10, Tristan, 8, and Alana, 5, enjoyed their first visit to the new Dairy Queen with their papa, Jamie Palmer. Kids’ meals were complete with dipped ice cream cones for Tristan and Alana while Hunter opted for a sundae with chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup.

“I imagine we’ll be eating here a lot,” said the elder Palmer.

The Palmers weren’t the only students heading to Dairy Queen in advance of the long holiday weekend as Jackson County schools have a holiday on Monday and teachers have a professional learning day on Tuesday. DQ employees, who were getting the hang of their new jobs, reported business was brisk Friday, especially after school let out.

Braselton’s DQ Grill & Chill is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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