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Happy Joe's Expanding

Happy Joe's Pizza and Ice Cream Parlors

A Quad Cities-based restaurant chain wants to spread "happiness" around the country.  Happy Joe's is joining with Dynamic Restaurant Holdings to help it expand.  

Kristal Whitty-Ersan, head marketer of Happy Joe's, says she is both excited and nervous about franchising.

"I kinda feel like it's like sending your child off to college.  You're still involved but maybe you don't have a say in every little thing anymore because you're growing.  You are a little nervous but it's something that you're working towards and it's a very proud moment."

Ersan is the daughter of Happy Joe Whitty and grew up working in the original restaurant in Davenport.  Happy Joe's is also celebrating its 45th anniversary.  

People have suggested new places for a Happy Joe's Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor, but no decisions have been made.