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Business Established: 1940

Offering Financial Assistance
A list of qualified lenders is available.

Franchising Since: 1940
Franchised Units: 6111
Company Owned Units: 3

Special Incentives
International Opportunity

Start-up Cost: $400,000 to $1,000,000
Total Investment: $367,317 to $172,960
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At DQ® Weve Got A Lot to Offer!   

  • Proven business model with a 70-year history
  • Strong brand presence with over 4,500 domestic locations and 6,000 locations worldwide
  • 95% consumer brand recognition and strong customer loyalty
  • Modern restaurant image and menu in our DQ Grill & Chill® and DQ®Dairy Queen® stores
  • Industry-leading franchise support from supply chain to development, operations, marketing and training
  • Ranked #1 by Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2013 Top 500 Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Category, CNN Money’s “10 Great Franchise Bets” and No. 2 in Huffington Post’s “America’s Favorite Fast Food Chains” 2012.
  • Top U.S. markets available for development

DQ Grill & Chill® : Our Flagship Concept:    

Excite and satisfy guests with our full-line of famous treats and fresh food menu items, creating sales opportunities across multiple dayparts.  Strike the perfect balance between yesterday and today by featuring on-trend food offerings while preserving our legendary favorites.

Whats on the Menu?  

Lunch and dinner are done right with delicious, unique food items, like made-to-order quarter- and half-pound GrillBurgers™, deli-style Iron Grilled Sandwiches, and Chicken Strip Baskets. Your customers will line up for DQ® soft serve favorites—like our exclusive Blizzard® Treats, delicious Waffle Bowl Sundaes, hand-spun shakes and Malts, and one-of-a-kind DQ® Cakes—as well as select Orange Julius® drinks and smoothies.

A Welcoming Atmosphere:   

Welcome guests with a stylish décor that sets a DQ® location apart from the typical quick-service establishment. The restaurant features a modern open-air grill, separate “Grill” and “Chill” sections, comfortable booths, large wooden tables, warm lighting and music. Seats 48 or more guests inside plus seating on an attractive outdoor patio—depending on configuration.

Location, Location, Location:   

The typical DQ Grill & Chill® is a freestanding facility. A DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant can also be developed in strip center end-caps, dual-use buildings, travel centers, street-front locations and other venues. Top, major U.S. markets are available for development making DQ® a highly desirable opportunity.

It's never been a better time to franchise with DQ®!   

We’re an award-winning institution with more than 65 years of franchising experience…and that’s just for starters. To learn more about franchise opportunities at DQ®, please complete our initial inquiry form and a representative from our franchise development team will contact you soon. For all other inquiries, please contact our Franchise Development Headquarters directly at 952-896-2542, email us at or visit our website at