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.