ALACHUA ‒ Amidst what seems to be a burgeoning list of new businesses in Alachua, another new addition has officially opened its doors, marking the grand entrance of a well-known fast-food brand.

While the restaurant has been operational for several months, on Feb. 22, 2024, the day began with an air of anticipation as local dignitaries, community leaders, and the enthusiastic DQ Grill & Chill team gathered for the official ceremonial ribbon cutting and grand opening. With giant scissors in hand, owner Toks Achebe officially declared the restaurant open.

Located at 15993 N.W. 163rd Lane just off U.S. Highway 441, the new restaurant is owned by Achebe and Wanda Davis. “We’re thrilled to be expanding our restaurant ownership portfolio, especially with an iconic American brand like Dairy Queen,” said Davis. “The support we’ve received from Dairy Queen so far has been outstanding, and we’re excited to open our doors to serve the Alachua community.

“We hope to make a lasting impact not only through connecting with the community members themselves, but creating new jobs that will benefit families across Alachua,” said Davis.

Davis and Achebe own and operate Crossroads Portfolio Inc., a restaurant operational group local to Georgia. Serving as the group’s CFO and CEO respectively, Davis and Achebe have previously opened a popular Captain D’s Seafood restaurant, with an additional location in development.

Situated behind the recently opened Whistle Express Car Wash and adjacent to the Hampton Inn Hotel, the Grill & Chill DQ concept modernizes guests’ dining experience by offering made-to-order lunch and dinner options including Signature Stackburgers®, Chicken Strip Baskets and soft-serve favorites such as cones, sundaes and the iconic Blizzard® Treat.

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