The Minneapolis Issues List has a discussion going about the approval process for drive-thrus along Minnehaha Parkway. The two in question are the new Caribou at Minnehaha Parkway on Cedar vs the Dairy Queen on Minnehaha Ave across from Minnehaha Falls.
The DQ’s request to add a drive-thru was denied while Caribou’s was approved.
Apparently, the ‘bou spot was already zoned for a drive-thru, so that was a pretty simple decision. The DQ’s spot would need to be rezoned. And the city had problems with the pedestrian friendliness of adding a drive-thru at that spot, where pedestrians would have to dodge cars looping in and out with their sugar fix.