Dick’s Drive-In plans new restaurant, asks residents to pick location

August 31, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 31, 2010

Sure, Issaquah has a Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, but someday soon the city could host another iconic burger joint: Dick’s Drive-In.

The longtime Seattle chain announced plans Monday to open a sixth location in the Greater Seattle metropolitan area. The location hinges on votes cast at the chain’s website.

The contest divvies up Greater Seattle into three regions. East includes Issaquah, Bellevue, Bothell, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond and Sammamish. North includes Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline and South Everett. South includes Burien, Renton, SeaTac, South Seattle, Tukwila and West Seattle.

Dick’s has not opened a restaurant since the Queen Anne location 36 years ago. The chain includes the original restaurant in Wallingford, plus outposts in Capitol Hill, Crown Hill and Lake City.

Jim Spady, son of Dick’s cofounder Dick Spady, announced the contest Monday afternoon during the “Ron and Don Show” on KIRO-FM.

“Could be Issaquah,” Jim Spady said in response to questions from the hosts. “Could be Lynnwood.”

Votes could be a deciding factor as the 57-year-old chain picks a location.

“We’re going to take that strongly into account,” Spady said. “Obviously, it depends on the piece of real estate that we can find and how much it costs and all of the other stuff, and whether the city will cooperate with us when we try to build the restaurant. But the votes are very important.”

Spady said the chain plans for the latest location to feature the “classic Dick’s architecture” similar to the orange-and-neon scheme at the Wallingford restaurant.

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18 Responses to “Dick’s Drive-In plans new restaurant, asks residents to pick location”

  1. Kat Smith on August 31st, 2010 11:16 am

    I think they should put it in the Renton HIghlands. Off 4th…… we NEED a good drive in restaurant there………….
    We could also use a Fred Meyers! ha
    You see lots for sale up along the east end of 4th in the highlands……………..so check there…….

  2. Tammy on August 31st, 2010 11:27 am

    I think you might want to consider going a little further east to Preston or North Bend. Right off the freeway would garner lots of business from the thousands who travel by there every day.

  3. Anonymous on August 31st, 2010 11:35 am

    Yes, agree a Dick’s in the Renton Highlands on 4th or possibly on Sunset Avenue 900 route area. I am a local native that always stops in North Seattle or Capitol Hill when need a good burger!

  4. Rich Bibaud on August 31st, 2010 12:57 pm

    Somewhere between 68th avenue in Kenmore& Wayne curve in Bothell…On the east side of the street on Bothell way

  5. Christy Sedoo on August 31st, 2010 1:33 pm

    We vote Redmond! We have the people, the money and the desire to support this iconic Seattle Restaurant. Please come to Redmond

  6. Debbie on August 31st, 2010 2:53 pm

    I think the new location should be close to Northgate. It would accomodate lots of people !

  7. Tricia on August 31st, 2010 3:41 pm

    Kingston Washington. Tons of ferry traffic. Great location.

  8. Raylene on August 31st, 2010 6:06 pm

    The next Dicks Restaurant should be in South King County. We have nothing here any thing remote to a restaraunt like this. I do not understand why they cannot come south!! The South S0und NEEDS this!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Suquamish on September 1st, 2010 12:04 pm

    I wish they would bring one over to this side of the water. Kitsap County. We are always left out of the best of the best.

  12. travis on September 1st, 2010 10:00 pm

    I vote for everett around the everett boeing plant!!!!!!!!

  13. travis on September 1st, 2010 10:07 pm

    Everett Boeing Plant would be and great place for the new location for the resturaunt chain!!

  14. Polly Bailey on September 2nd, 2010 8:31 am

    Bonney Lake needs a good hamburger the ones we have taste like there a week old we need something fresh HELP!!!


  15. Mark on September 2nd, 2010 11:06 am

    PLEASE establish your awesome drive-in in Mountlake Terrace before another pizza joint lands here.

  16. pam on September 2nd, 2010 7:34 pm

    Burien is where you need to come! The south end is great, we seem to miss out
    on alot of things and sure we don’t miss out on Dick’s.

  17. jim on September 2nd, 2010 9:21 pm

    We need one in everett, please bring dicks north, there is alot of business just waiting for them to be here

  18. rutledge clan on September 10th, 2010 8:38 pm

    we vote for Lynnwood

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