Lynn Dairy Queens

DQ is Fan Food

Join Us for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert!

We are a family of six DQ restaurants serving the Brownsville, Connellsville, Mount Pleasant and Uniontown areas of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Have you tried a DQ Breakfast?

Fresh, fluffy pancakes, cracked eggs, and hot out of the oven biscuits. We serve breakfast from 7 a.m. until noon daily. Try our famous biscuits and gravy platter or if you're on the go, the ultimate breakfast burrito will fuel your morning. Not a breakfast food person? Our full menu is available beginning at 7 a.m. each day!

Our History

In 1938, near Moline, Illinois, J.F. McCullough and his son, Alex, developed the delicious dairy product millions have come to know as Dairy Queen soft serve. The McCulloughs’ innovation was the beginning of today’s system of over 6,000 Dairy Queen and Dairy Queen restaurants in the United States, Canada, and many other countries in Europe, Central America, the Far East, and the Middle East.

The McCulloughs arranged to test their new product in an ice cream retail shop in Kankakee, Illinois, owned by Sherb Noble. Noble held an “All You Can Eat for 10 Cents Sale” one August afternoon. More than 1,600 people lined up to try the new treat, and the McCulloughs knew they had an exciting business opportunity. All they needed now was an efficient way to dispense their soft serve product – and they soon located a freezer, invented by Harry Oltz of Hammond, Indiana, which could produce a continuous flow of the product.

J.F. McCullough often referred to the cow as “the queen of the dairy business.” Thus, the Dairy Queen name originated. The first Dairy Queen restaurant, owned by Noble, opened in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois.

Locally

Lynn’s Dairy Queen was started by Lewis and Betty Lynn of Connellsville. In July of 1951, the Lynn’s were traveling out west to visit relatives when they had their first taste of Dairy Queen in New Mexico. Being very impressed with this new product, they pursued what was to become a lifelong relationship with Dairy Queen. In September of 1951, they signed an agreement to become a store operator (franchisee) and soon after, also a Territory Operator franchisor with the intention to develop Dairy Queen restaurants throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Connellsville Dairy Queen, which opened on May 24, 1952, was the 14th store to open in Pennsylvania. After operating as a walk-up soft serve store for 33 years, the Lynn’s opened a new Dairy Queen Brazier on August 24, 1985. In January of 1991, their daughter, Judy Lynn-Craig, became the owner/operator of the restaurant. She had been the manager since the newer restaurant opened in 1985. In addition to “growing up with the business”, Judy has a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Science in Business Administration degree. She also completed the two-week Dairy Queen training course at the International Dairy Queen headquarters in Minneapolis, MN, and has been certified as a ServSAFE instructor by the National Restaurant Association. Judy is also President of Dairy Queen of S.W. PA, Inc., which franchises the DQ brand in ten counties. Since 1991, Lynn’s Dairy Queen has grown into a family of restaurants now known as Lynn Dairy Queens, Inc.

We maintain high standards in the areas of Quality, Value, Service and Cleanliness. We hold each of us responsible for PRIDE, which is Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence. All of our products carry the Dairy Queen label, which means they have been researched, tested, and controlled for quality assurance through our parent corporation, International Dairy Queen, Inc. (IDQ). Our trademark is the “Cone with the Curl on Top”. We also have a cake department, which specializes in making and decorating our frozen Dairy Queen cakes for any occasion. Our original frozen cakes are made with vanilla and chocolate soft serve with a center of cake crunch and fudge. Blizzard Cakes have become a very popular addition to our cake program. We also offer some sugar-free products. The Blizzard continues to be a popular product for us and many competitors continue to try and imitate it. Birthday parties are frequently held in our restaurants for “kids” of all ages.

We have frequent customer reward programs, which encourage repeat patronage. We are a Christian company and strive to treat others the way we wish to be treated. We support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the American Heart Association, the Salvation Army, The Leukemia Society, Connellsville Area Community Ministries, City Missions and other charitable organizations. We assist schools and church groups throughout our area with donations and fundraisers.

Some of the organizations that we hold memberships in are the National Restaurant Association, the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, the Connellsville Rotary Club, the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce and Laurel Highlands Tourism.

Although much has changed in the world and in the Dairy Queen system throughout the years, one constant has remained: Dairy Queen restaurants are still, and always have been, a place to find Little League teams celebrating a victory, business people on their lunch break, and families taking time out to enjoy great food and soft serve treats. We strive to be to the best destination in our community by creating smiles and stories.