Clark Bonner purchased the White City Dairy Queen from Bob Bray in 2008. Since that time he has been getting to know the area, especially the White City-Eagle Point population as well as the District 9 students. Though a young man, Bonner is not new to the business world. Dairy Queen is the third business he has owned, so he understands the importance of getting acquainted with his clientele. And owning a Dairy Queen is considerably different than Diggerz Tractors, which was his most recent business.
Today, Bonner and contractor R.A. Murphy are putting the finishing touches on a top to bottom, inside to outside remodel. New booths, including one long seating arrangement that just looks like it is for teens, along with new flooring and ceiling. Outside seating will handle 20. With the addition of the outside area, there is now seating for 74. And the restaurant is now fully ADA compliant.
Clark said 80 percent of his staff are high school students. He likes to keep them for a couple of years, tries to counsel them regarding their future and helps whenever possible with scholarships to Rogue Community College. Manager Angie Angell is in her 18th year as manager of the White City Dairy Queen.
Clark is also working to develop a reading program for elementary schools and he is most interested in supporting 4H and FFA. Children and helping them whenever possible is of considerable interest and importance to Clark.
“We value our customers and their business,” said Clark. “We want them to have a good experience with us.” Clark noted he recently started carrying Orange Julius, a popular drink for those over 45, but one the younger crowd is just now becoming acquainted with.
Winter hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10-10. Clark said year ‘round the number of employees averages 23, with about 26 during the summer, and 20 during the winter. For information, call 541-826-5517.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent