Eastside falls short in Dick’s Drive-In contest

September 20, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 20, 2010

Sorry, Eastside.

The next Dick’s Drive-In appears to be headed for North King County or South Snohomish County, after voters cast online ballots to encourage the restaurant chain to build there.

The north region — including Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Edmonds and South Everett — netted 53,810 votes, or 46 percent of the vote, in the contest. The south region placed a distant second, and the east region — including Issaquah — brought up the rear.

The poll closed at 10 p.m. Sunday after almost three weeks.

“This is an historic time for our family’s small business,” Jim Spady, Dick’s Drive-Ins vice president and the son of cofounder and namesake, Dick Spady, said in a news release. “The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and humbling. North received the most votes, and that is where we will now focus our efforts.”

Spady left the door open to a possible Eastside or South King County restaurant.

“We want those who voted South and East to know that we heard their voices also,” he said. “If the new northern Dick’s is a success, the next two Dick’s Drive-Ins will be built in the south and east regions.”

The chain plans to select a site, secure permits and start construction. Spady said the chain plans to open the new restaurant next year or in early 2012.

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