By Jessica Wettig
Scott Coleman welcomed two new business partners last week to share ownership at the Vienna Dairy Queen.
Coleman is from Southeast Missouri, and purchased the restaurant from Chester and Ann Lawrence in June 2011.
One owner, Nick Myers, 23, is the son of David and Connie Folsom. He graduated from Vienna High School in 2014. He started working at Vienna Dairy Queen in the fall of 2012. He lived in Johnson County for almost 20 years and is planning to move back to Vienna.
“Some of the most vivid memories of my grade school years are of my dad bringing my brothers and I to Dairy Queen to get food with our report cards,” he said. “My goal is to continue to create those memories for people for years to come.”
Myers said when the suggestion was made for him to buy the restaurant; there was no doubt in his mind as to what he wanted to do. The employees are like family to him.
“I am honored to have been given this opportunity and will do my best to continue the great work that those before me have done,” said Myers.
“I also want to apologize to all the people who were told my plan was to go to college and become a teacher, “ he added. “I lied to quite a few people.”
The second new owner is Roger Barnes, who graduated Vienna High School in 2007. He moved to Belknap from Minnesota about 20 years ago, and has lived there every since.
He has worked at Dairy Queen for over 12 years. He said he is excited about the new partnership, and has many plans.
“We have many plans for the future and hope to bring Dairy Queen closer to the community,” he said.