3-23-2022 – Dairi-O is coming to town

Posted on: March 23rd, 2022 by admin No Comments


March 23, 2022




Mar 22, 2022


LENOIR — Residents who have eagerly awaited the arrival of a new restaurant in Lenoir will be excited to hear they have not waited in vain.


An official from the restaurant Dairi-O has confirmed that a new location will be operating in Lenoir on the northwest corner of Smith Crossroads by the end of this year.


Rusty LaRue, chief operations officer for Dairi-O, said the opening of the restaurant has been delayed significantly by the pandemic.


“With COVID, it’s been a lot,” he said. “From planning to site work, a lot of things we kind of had planned on moving forward right as the pandemic hit. We bought the lot a while ago … right now, we’re in the final planning stages. We don’t know this far out, but our goal is to have it open by the end of the year, if possible.”


Dairi-O is a “fast casual” restaurant that was first established in King, N.C. in 1947. Inspired by the roadside American hot dog stand, Dairi-O has since grown into sit-down restaurants and expanded their menu to include items such as grilled chicken wraps, specialty salads, veggie burgers, 32 flavors of ice cream, and more. Their food is made fresh every day.


“I’m very excited, I think it’s going to be a great addition to our community,” said Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons. “I’ve never eaten at a Dairi-O … but I’d like to eat at one, I’ve heard great things about it, food sounds like it’s going to be great. We look forward to when it gets here and getting to be part of our community.”


“We’ve had a lot of people expressing their excitement about us coming to Lenoir,” said LaRue. “We’re super excited, as well. We’re going to be posting on social media, keep the community updated on what’s coming along and when we’re hiring.”


Follow Dairi-O on social media, such as Facebook or Instagram, to stay updated on any new developments, or visit their website at dairio.com for more information.

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