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King, North Carolina: Giant Milkshake

A 1940s Dairi-O restaurant, upgraded in 2011 with a giant milkshake cup as its entrance, with two red straws sticking out of the top. 30 feet tall. Owner Jeff Speaks designed it himself after failing to find an architect who understood what he wanted.


365 E. Dalton Rd, King, NC
East side of King, between Old US 52 and E Dalton Rd.
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Milkshake entrance.

Giant Milkshake

Giant milkshake. We didn't go inside, but it looked busy!

[MellowD, 12/30/2013]

Dari-O Milkshake entrance.

Giant Milkshake

The old Dairi-O restaurant was a local landmark where generations of teenagers met for dates over hot dogs and Cokes, and Little League players gleefully celebrated victories with postgame ice cream. The little white restaurant, the first to serve fast food in King, had been wedged on a sliver of land between Dalton and East King streets since the early 1940s.

The new Dairi-O echoes the eye-popping architecture found along the old Route 66. What's really turning heads is the entrance, which is shaped like a giant cup with two red straws poking through the top.

[Julie Barnes, 05/17/2012]

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