BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - A new spot to satisfy your sweet tooth is open in the Twin Cities. The colder weather Wednesday didn't stop people from lining up to be the first to get their hands on a milkshake at Oberweis.
"I'm so pumped." Ulises Napoles says of the grand opening.
Opening day of the new ice cream and dairy store and That Burger Joint meant a father-daughter date for Napoles and his daughter Alannah.
"I'm gonna have a hot dog with everything on it and then she's gonna have the chicken tenders and then one of their classy shakes." Napoles said.
The cherry on top of this latest addition to the Bloomington-Normal restaurant scene is the impact it has on the local economy. The area recently saw the addition of the iconic Portillo's Hot Dog and Chicago-style pizza pies at Giordano's. Adding flavor to the mix are several new homegrown restaurants.
"In addition to these new restaurants, Bloomington-Normal has quite a few local restaurants that have recently opened within the last one to two years." Austin Grammer.
One of those is the Fort Jesse Cafe.
"We created this business, we wanted to do something quirky and fun and flavorful in this community." Owner Abby Strader says.
Strader says she's happy to see a healthy helping of competition, but also wants diners to support local options.
"Our people are members of the community serving members of the community and I just think that the community needs to know when they spend money they are kind of voting with that whether they want us to stay around and be part of this." Strader explains.
Strader says, unlike chain restaurants, you can't find local options just anywhere and it's the people that make the recipe just right.
"It's just a little bit more personal as opposed to creating a food product, it's more than that for us." Strader says.
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