Peoria Ice Cream Company, Inc.

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About Us

With soft serve ice cream, classic burgers, tender chicken, and ice cream cake, Dairy Queen has everything you need to celebrate the special moments your family wants to share.  Stop by any of our convenient locations.

Kepple Companies owns and operates a territory franchise with 6 Dairy Queens in the greater Peoria IL area:
Grand Prairie-Peoria / N. Knoxville-Peoria / N. Sheridan-Peoria / Bartonville / Creve Coeur / East Peoria

Offering quality products and service since 1994.

Location Information

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

4204 N Sheridan Rd, Peoria, IL 61614
Phone: (309) 685-2706
E-mail: sheridandq@picdq.com
Dine-In ∙ Drive Thru ∙ Delivery

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

7600 North Grand Prairie Drive, Peoria, IL 61615
Phone: (309) 839-0551
E-mail: grandprairiedq@picdq.com
Dine-In ∙ Drive Thru ∙ Delivery

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

8530 Knoxville Ave, Peoria, IL 61615
Phone: (309) 693-8194
E-mail: knoxvilledq@picdq.com
Dine-In ∙ Drive Thru ∙ Delivery

Now Hiring!
Now Hiring!

Full-time and Part-time positions are available. We offer flexible work hours to help meet your schedule. 10-40 hour work weeks available for employees.
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Location Information

Dairy Queen 
Dairy Queen 

1530 W Garfield Ave, Bartonville, IL 61607
Phone: (309) 697-0575
E-mail: bartonvilledq@picdq.com
Walk Up ∙ Drive Thru ∙ Delivery

Dairy Queen 
Dairy Queen 

624 S Main St, Creve Coeur, IL 61610
Phone: (309) 699-8079
E-mail: crevecoeurdq@picdq.com
Walk Up ∙ Drive Thru ∙ Delivery

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

930 E. Washington Street, East Peoria, IL 61611
Phone: 309-216-5434
E-mail: eastpeoriadq@picdq.com
Dine-in ∙ Drive Thru ∙ Delivery

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

Coming Soon - Mid to Late 2024
127 E. Ashland St., Morton, IL 61550
Dine-in ∙ Drive Thru ∙  Delivery

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Location Information

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

8530 Knoxville Ave,  Peoria, IL 61615
Phone: (309) 693-8194
E-mail: knoxvilledq@picdq.com
Dine-in ∙ Drive Thru ∙ Delivery

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

7600 N. Grand Prairie Dr. Peoria, IL 61615
Phone: (309) 839-0551
E-mail: grandprairiedq@picdq.com
Dine-in ∙ Drive Thru ∙ Delivery

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

4204 N Sheridan Rd, Peoria, IL 61614
Phone: (309) 685-2706
E-mail: sheridandq@picdq.com
Dine-in ∙ Drive Thru ∙ Delivery

NOW HIRING
NOW HIRING

Full-time and Part-time positions are available. We offer flexible work hours to help meet your schedule. 10-40 hour work weeks available for employees.
Click for Details

Location Information

Dairy Queen 
Dairy Queen 

1530 W. Garfield Ave, Bartonville, IL. 61607
Phone: (309) 697-0575
E-mail: bartonvilledq@picdq.com
Walk-up ∙ Drive Thru ∙ Delivery

Dairy Queen 
Dairy Queen 

624 S. Main Street, Creve Coeur, IL. 61610
Phone: (309) 699-8079
E-mail: crevecoeurdq@picdq.com
Walk-up ∙  Drive Thru ∙  Delivery

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

930 E. Washington Street, East Peoria, IL  61611
Phone: (309)-216-5434
E-mail: eastpeoriadq@picdq.com
Dine-in ∙  Drive Thru ∙ Delivery

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

Coming Soon - Mid to Late 2024
127 E. Ashland St., Morton, IL 61550
Dine-in ∙ Drive Thru ∙  Delivery

History

1949 to 1967

Kepple Family Farm & Father & Sons

Mike Kepple was born in 1949 and was the youngest of 7. His family milked an average of 30 Guernsey cows on their 249-acre dairy and agriculture farm southwest of Farmington IL. Their main source of income was predominantly the dairy farm. Milk at that time was the bread and butter of the business. Since the age of 6 years old, Mike had many responsibilities including bailing hay, working in the corn and bean fields and tending the dairy cows. Mike and his family discovered that if they had a radio playing for the dairy cows, they would produce more milk. Two of Mike's favorite memories were feeding the calves and learning early on that when using a manure spreader in the fields, it was best to make sure the wind was blowing away from him!

Award Winning Guernsey Bull & Dairy Cows

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The Kepple family participated in dairy shows in the midwest, and would show their prize Guernsey cows. When Mike was a freshman in high school, their special bull named "Omar" was awarded the world grand champion bull at the 1964 international dairy show held in Chicago. This event was a cherished memory in their family.
As shown in the picture, junior and senior yearlings needed to be posed and groomed in specific ways. They were washed, combed, groomed, and had their noses shined. Family members would spend hours training with the cattle in order to meet judging requirements on stance, walk and posture. Judges would look for quality attributes which would indicate the caliber of the herd. These 4 were a reflection of the 30 cows that they raised at the time on their small farm. To date, his older brother Tom owns and operates the Kepple family farm.

Did you know: Dairy farms today average 1000+ head of cattle and are 24 hour operations. The cows are not generally shown and are raised primarily for the milk.
 


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1994

How Cravings Started it All

One night Mike had a craving for a vanilla milkshake and couldn't find an ice cream store that was open. His frustration led him to call his lawyer the next day to inquire who owned the local Dairy Queens. After the lawyer’s communicated with the Minneapolis headquarters, he was directed to Gilbert Stein based in Springfield Illinois. It just so happens that Gilbert Stein was one of the original founders for Dairy Queen. Six months later, Mike received the news that Gilbert Stein was interested in selling the two Dairy Queens, originally located on Farmington Road and Sheridan/Loucks Road. When they met in person, Mike was surprised to learn that Stein had worked for a dairy operation company that hauled milk for Mike’s family farm, which led to the purchase agreement from Mike and Linda Kepple.

Did You Know: The cost of an ice cream cone in 1960 was 5 cents for a small cone, 10 cents for a large cone and sundaes were 8 cents.

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1996

Out With the Old and a New Location

The Farmington Road location needed structure repair and was closed. So Mike and Linda Kepple then purchased a lot and built a Dairy Queen that is located on North Knoxville Avenue. This original Dairy Queen began as a walk-up ice cream store.

Did You Know: The Farmington Road Dairy Queen use to be located across the street from Crusens Bar.

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2000-2001

Relocation and Move to the Original Sandy's Hamburgers

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The decision was made to relocate the Sheridan Road location that was at Sheridan Road and Loucks to where the original Sandy’s Hamburgers was located across from Sheridan Village.

Did You Know: The most popular DQ items are the Chicken Basket and the Oreo Blizzard.

Did You Know: This Sandy's was the first midwesterrn drive-in restaurant and built back in 1957 in Peoria, IL. on Sheridan Road.

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2002

New Construction in Bartonville, Illinois

A lot in Bartonville, IL. was purchased from the American Water Company, which was a substation which had closed. This location is currently a walk-up seasonal location and does not offer a dine in option.

Did You Know: There are currently over 7000 DQ locations in 25 countries.

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2004

New Construction in Creve Coeur, Illinois

Mike acquired a lot in Creve Coeur, IL where he built a Dairy Queen which also operates as a walk-up seasonal location.

Did You Know: The first Dairy Queen was built in the United States in Joliet Illinois in 1940.
Bonus Did You Know: The Station St. Dairy Queen location in Kankakee, IL. is the oldest operating DQ in the world and in the state. It has been serving mouthwatering ice cream for over 75 years!

 

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2010

Major Renovation and Remodel on Knoxville Avenue

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After several years of operation, the North Knoxville location was renovated with a large kitchen expansion and was completed to add food amenities with a drive through option.

Did You Know: The first DQ drive-thru service was built in the 1970’s.

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2011

New Location in Grand Prairie

In anticipation of the new Grand Prairie Mall, a ballpark, and additional hotels being developed in northwest Peoria, the Kepple's now have 5 Dairy Queen locations currently and plans on putting one in East Peoria, IL in the near future.

Did You Know: The first Dilly Bar debuted in 1955.

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2018

Major Renovation on Sheridan Road

The Sheridan Road location went through a major rebuild/renovation in order to offer a more spacious layout design with increased seating and a modern, state-of-the-art kitchen. This is the latest Grill & Chill in the Peoria area.

Did You Know: Food Offerings were added to the Dairy Queen menus back in 1958

 

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2020

Purchase of 1955 Dairy Queen Truck

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Mike’s son-in-law sent Mike a picture of an antique 1955 Chevrolet Dairy Queen truck for sale in Springfield IL. Upon purchasing it, Mike discovered that it needed air conditioning, locks and power steering. The updated vehicle is currently being used as an advertising tool to promote Dairy Queen at their retail operations. Free Dilly Bars are also offered at various local festivals, charity events and car cruse-ins. DQ partners with the Children’s Hospitals and all local donations go to OSF.

Did You Know: The original owner of this Dairy Queen truck was Gilbert Stein. He had used it haul Dairy Queen products.

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2024

Grand Opening of the East Peoria Location

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We are excited to announce that we just opened a new Dairy Queen Grill n Chill restaurant in East Peoria, Illinois on April 2nd, 2024. It is located at 930 E. Washington Street, East Peoria, IL. 61611


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2024 - 2025

Future New Locations Coming Soon!

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We will also be opening two new Dairy Queen Grill n Chill restaurant locations in 2024 and 2025. The first location will be located in Morton, IL. and scheduled to open early 2025. The second location will be in Mesa, AZ. and scheduled to open late 2024.

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Dairy Queen at Grand Prairie in Peoria, Illinois

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Meet Our Staff

Mike & Linda Kepple
Mike & Linda KeppleMkepple@keppleco.com
Owners
Ryan Prevo
Chief Financial Officer
Roger Cox
Director of Operations
Scott Buffington
Scott BuffingtonSbuffington@keppleco.com
Operations Manager
Bill Osborn
Facilities Manager
Shamika Griffith
General Manager / East Peoria
Ben Bowers
General Manager / Sheridan Road
Megan Boland
General Manager / Grand Prairie
Dalton Goggil
GM Bartonville & Creve Coeur
Katie Miller
General Manager / Knoxville Avenue
Brooke McClaskey
Director of Marketing and Cakes
Courtney Kotowski
Courtney KotowskiCkotowski@keppleco.com
Staff Accountant

Peoria Ice Cream Company, Inc.

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Contact Us:

Mike & Linda Kepple
Owners

mkepple@keppleco.com


Ryan Prevo
Chief Financial Officer for Kepple Companies
rprevo@keppleco.com



Roger Cox:

Director of Operations
rcox@keppleco.com


Corporate Office Hours:
Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (C.S.T.)

Phone: 309-691-7900