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DairiO drive-thru opens; when does dining room open?

DairiO, the Winston-Salem-based burger-hot dog and ice cream chain, had plenty of cars lined up at its double drive-thru after opening on Sept. 18. It'll open its dining room Monday.

The restaurant chain, which originated in King in 1947 and operates nine locations in the Piedmont, is known for its hot dogs and milkshakes and serves many other sandwiches, soups and sweets. The Hendersonville location would be its first in Western North Carolina.

Dairi-O serves hand-dipped and soft serve ice cream, milkshakes, ice cream floats, flurries and sundaes, hot dogs (with 18 toppings), hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders and chicken Souvlaki, wings, six fresh salads, four home-made soups (chicken and rice, tomato basil, bean and bacon and chili bean) and eight sides. If that’s not enough, Dairi-O also serves fish, barbecue, chuckwagon and grilled cheese sandwiches and a BLT, plus four more desserts: banana split, hot fudge cake, hot fudge nut brownie and strawberry shortcake. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.