Eastside lags in Dick’s Drive-In poll to determine location
September 14, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 14, 2010
The online poll to help determine the location of a Dick’s Drive-In has accumulated more than 100,000 votes — but the effort to bring the burger joint to the Eastside lags.
The poll is due to remain open until Sunday, so Eastside residents retain a chance to make up ground.
The contest separates Greater Seattle into three regions. The east region includes Issaquah, Bellevue, Bothell, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond and Sammamish.
The north region — Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Edmonds and South Everett — has outpaced the competition by almost 20 percent.
The restaurant chain has opened a location 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.
“The voting participation has wildly exceeded our expectations,” Jim Spady, Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants vice president and the son of the co-founder and namesake, said in a news release. “We are now over the 100,000 and counting, and continue to be amazed by the outpouring of enthusiasm for our new restaurant project. People have been sharing their love for Dick’s burgers, shakes and fries.”
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.