ELLSWORTH, Maine -- 12/10/18 -- Workers carry equipment and supplies into a new Dairy Queen Grill & Chill that is nearing completion on High Street. Dairy Queen officials have been eyeing Ellsworth as a place to expand for the past five years. Bill Trotter|BDN Credit: Bill Trotter|BDN

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Dairy Queen, the national food chain known for its soft-serve ice cream, is about to open its 25th location in Maine near the Maine Coast Mall.

Construction of the restaurant is nearing completion at 265 High St., where the local Darling’s auto dealership used to be located before it moved to the intersection of Route 3 and Beechland Crossing. The estimated cost for the 2,600 square-foot building is estimated to be $675,000, according to city records.

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It is not clear how soon the new restaurant will be open for business.

The owner of the local franchise is Christopher Thorne, who also operates Dairy Queen outlets in Brewer and Waterville, according to the Ellsworth American. Attempts Monday to contact Thorne were unsuccessful.

Dairy Queen has been eyeing Ellsworth — where at least hundreds of thousands of motorists pass through each year on their way to and from Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island — for a possible location for the past five years.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....