Dairy Belle on Route 1 is based on a mid-century Americana roadside stand. Yet it has been around since 1998, and it was conceived by French Canadians.
After over a decade of existence, change is coming: Francois Grenier and family are moving to a new place. Here's the hitch: They're building a bigger structure with as much terrace space in the very same parking lot.
"We have very little storage which is a real issue from November through April when we're busiest," says Grenier. At the new place which is on track for completion in January, customers will order inside and pick up their food at a window outdoors. They'll also add an additional register.
A larger space will also allow for the family to expand beyond custard
to sell an array hard ice creams and low fat yogurt. "We want to make
novelty sundaes," says Grenier.
Once the business moves, the original structure will be demolished to
make way for a new building with ground floor retail and second story
apartments. No plans for restaurants on the ground level: the family is
being courted by retail candidates now.
In the meantime, the original restaurant will remain open through construction. A favorite dish is the
traditional poutine with brown gravy and cheese curds. For less than $6, it's certain to put meat on your
bones, whether or not you need it.