José Enciso, drive-in proprietor, receives top honor

May 24, 2011

By Staff

José Enciso Sr., longtime Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in proprietor, received dual awards May 17, including the community’s highest honor.

José Enciso, owner of the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, smiles while audience members applaud as he is inducted into the Issaquah Hall of Fame during the annual Issaquah Community Awards banquet. By Greg Farrar

The city inducted Enciso into the Issaquah Hall of Fame during the 32nd annual Community Awards Luncheon. The man serving behemoth burgers and enormous root beer floats along Northeast Gilman Boulevard also received the Business Person of the Year honor.

Enciso said he was told about being nominated for Business Person of the Year, and that was why he had to attend the luncheon. But the Hall of Fame honor surprised him.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It was great.”

Enciso joins a diverse and rarified group in the Issaquah Hall of Fame. Past inductees include environmentalist Ruth Kees, Salmon Days Festival organizer Robin Kelley and, last year, retired City Administrator Leon Kos.

Enciso bought the iconic drive-in more than a decade ago. Nowadays, the restaurant is a mecca for spring and summer car shows.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders also named Tom Sessions as Citizen of the Year, another leading honor. Councilman Fred Butler received the Volunteer of the Year honor.

The lunchtime ceremony at the Holiday Inn attracted a who’s who of Issaquah — City Council members, Issaquah School District administrators, business leaders and community activists.

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2 Responses to “José Enciso, drive-in proprietor, receives top honor”

  1. County Small Business Award finalists include Issaquah entrepreneurs : The Issaquah Press – News, Sports, Classifieds and More in Issaquah, WA on August 30th, 2011 6:00 am

    […] Enciso Sr., longtime proprietor, received dual awards in May, including Business Person of the Year, at the Community Awards Luncheon. The city inducted […]

  2. Eduardo Alanis on April 27th, 2012 8:24 pm

    Jose Enciso Sr. has worked hard, ethically and wisely in the restaurant business for many years in Oregon and Washington. I first met him in 1971. This man deserves all the credit for the success he has achieved. I’m very proud of him.

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