Downtown Oswego should remain a destination for ice cream fans of all ages as a result of action taken by the Village Board Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Board members approved a final Planned Unit Development (PUD) agreement for the construction of the Dairy Barn, an ice cream shop and fast-service restaurant planned to replace the Dairy Hut at 121 Main St.
As proposed by Imperial Investments, the Dairy Barn will be housed in a 4,200-square-foot, two-story building and operate year-round. The restaurant will have seating for 122 guests indoors and 48 seated on an outside porch.
According to project plans, birthday and other private parties will be held in a 500-square-foot party room and quick service eats will be enjoyed while watching old-school farm-themed cartoons on TVs throughout the restaurant.
A stage, which also can be used for seating, occasionally will open for live music. Like its predecessor, Dairy Hut, Dairy Barn also will have sidewalk service, where ice cream treats and quick-service snacks can be ordered from outdoor windows.
On-street parking, as well as a soon-to-be-constructed lot will accommodate customers’ parking needs, the plans show.
According to village staff, the Dairy Barn’s mission is consistent with the comprehensive plan’s vision for this block and this area. The Planning and Zoning Commission OK’d the Final PUD and brought it to the board, which trustees unanimously approved.
Trustee Pam Parr was curious if, with the hours of operation being from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Dairy Barn will serve breakfast. She praised Oswego Family Restaurant at 69 Main St. but noted how busy they can get at peak hours.
“I see people start leaving after being in line for an hour and 15 minutes,” she said, suggesting downtown might need two places to snag some French toast.
Dairy Barn reps said perhaps a year or so down the line, early morning hash browns and coffee might be an option.