It is nearly impossible to imagine rural Texas towns without a Dairy Queen. They’ve been the place where the old guys meet for coffee to discuss whatever it is old guys discuss. And where teenagers hang out on the weekends. And where local kids can get a job. It was the title of novelist Larry McMurty’s memoir. They were convenient bathroom stops on my long drive between home and college. They’ve been profiled in big-city newspapers.
And now, they’re leaving us. This one closed as part of a bankruptcy, the parent company citing low oil prices and Hurricane Harvey has having dealt blows that were unrecoverable.
It’s easy to think that rural Texas will never be the same…
out-of-business Dairy Queen