The former Dairy Queen building at 999 Howard St. in Evanston — fondly remembered by fans of soft-serve ice cream — is up for sale again.

The listing suggests the property, at 14,646 square feet, would be “ideal for development.”

The 954 square foot DQ building has been vacant for many years — except for a brief reincarnation last year as the Maxwell Style Grill, which gave the building its current mustard and ketchup color scheme, but didn’t catch on with diners.

The property is listed for sale now at $575,000, that’s up from $554,999 in a 2014 listing for the property that didn’t lead to a sale.

The current owner of the building, listing in county records as Dennis Lackhan, has owned the property since 2009, when he bought it for $380,000.

Looking west on Howard from the intersection with Ridge Avenue toward the DQ. (Google Maps image.)

The Dairy Queen lot is roughly the same size as the six-storefront strip mall property just to its east. The C1 commercial zoning would permit restaurant, retail, office, shopping center, educational institution and similar uses.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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