Longstanding Polynesian Dairy Queen in Scottsdale dismantled, to be reused in new restaurant
Lorraine Longhi, Arizona Republic
Jennifer Hibbard bought her first home in south Scottsdale near 68th and Oak streets in 2001.
On Friday, she shed tears as crews dismantled the site of the old Polynesian Dairy Queen, a longtime staple of the area.
The unique tiki-themed structure was built in 1964 and housed a Dairy Queen until the mid-1980s. Through the years, an Enterprise car rental and RV rental occupied the space. In more recent years, it has sat empty.
The land is now owned by Don Drake, who owns Western Honda Powersports next door. The building was dismantled after Drake discovered the interior was not usable due to asbestos, according to general manager Jason Dearchs.
“There was nothing happening with it,” Hibbard said. “I wish it would just stay here, but I’m excited that they’re going to reuse the structure.”
The A-frame of the building was taken apart, and will be used as part of a new restaurant concept planned for an aging shopping center in south Scottsdale.
Tom Frenkel of Clayton Companies is redeveloping the small plaza near Hayden and Osborn roads, including with a portion of the dismantled building. The 4,000-square-foot restaurant will incorporate the Polynesian-style peaked roof, according to the architect.
The A-frame, originally called the Polynesian Queen, is 36 feet high, and would be difficult to move as one piece. Construction crews on Friday broke down pieces of the frame to move it.