XXX showcases the classics — old and new

February 11, 2014

José Enciso has owned The XXX Rootbeer Drive-in since 1999, and it has turned out to be one of the most popular destinations for car buffs to gather.

Even though his growing schedule of shows is filled throughout the year with classic car clubs, and his own garage is packed with a variety of classic rides, Enciso knows the future of car clubs belongs to the newest aficionados who drive imports.

C0ntributed The 2013 NWCCC meetup  featured 150 classic 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevys. The Tri-Five, as it’s known, is the longest-running car show on the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in’s schedule.

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The 2013 NWCCC meetup featured 150 classic 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevys. The Tri-Five, as it’s known, is the longest-running car show on the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in’s schedule.

Enciso said The XXX became a destination for spontaneous meetups, or flash mobs, of like car owners, especially car clubs for imports, like Hondas and Subarus.

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Submit Issaquah Hall of Fame nominations by May 21

May 8, 2012

City leaders need outstanding citizens as nominees for the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the annual honor bestowed on someone for making a lasting contribution to the community.

Every spring, the mayor and City Council president select the honoree. Mayor Ava Frisinger and Council President Tola Marts plan to evaluate nominees on several criteria, such as civic-mindedness, leadership and service.

Frisinger and Marts also evaluate the role a person plays in drawing positive attention to Issaquah and fundraising for the public good. Length of service is a factor in the decision as well.

The award is among the most prestigious honors in the Issaquah community.

Send the name of the nominee and a brief summary of his or her contributions to: The Office of the Mayor, P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027-1307. Or submit the nomination via email to mayor@ci.issaquah.wa.us.

The nominations must be received by May 21. Call 837-3020 or email mayor@ci.issaquah.wa.us to learn more.

The city plans to announce the honoree at the annual Community Awards Luncheon on May 31.

Past honorees include environmentalist Ruth Kees, Issaquah Highlands mastermind Judd Kirk and, last year, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in proprietor José Enciso.

Officials seek outstanding citizens as Issaquah Hall of Fame nominees

May 7, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. May 7, 2012

City leaders need outstanding citizens as nominees for the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the annual honor bestowed on someone for making a lasting contribution to the community.

Every spring, the mayor and City Council president select the honoree. Mayor Ava Frisinger and Council President Tola Marts plan evaluate nominees on several criteria, such as civic-mindedness, leadership and service.

Frisinger and Marts also evaluate the role a person plays in drawing positive attention to Issaquah and fundraising for the public good. Length of service is a factor in the decision as well.

The award is among the most prestigious honors in the Issaquah community.

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Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in launches annual round of popular car shows

February 14, 2012

Cars like this Chevrolet Chevelle SS populate the Triple XXX’s shows throughout the summer. The first show of the year is Feb. 19. File

A local tradition for 13 years, the 2012 round of car shows at the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in begins Feb. 19 with the sixth annual Swedish Car Cruise-In.

There is another show in March. And beginning in early April, shows are scheduled for almost every weekend through October. Looking way ahead, a December event is the 11th annual Jingle Bell Cruz for Toys for Tots.

All in all, there are more than 30 car events planned for the coming months, said Triple XXX Drive-in owner José Enciso Sr. If a show drops off the schedule, he said, he has a list of groups who quickly will fill the spot.

“The hot rodders who have been here for years are there,” he said regarding the show schedule.

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Issaquah drive-in earns King County business honor

October 18, 2011

The Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title in countywide competition Oct. 12.

The drive-in bested other businesses in the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

The honor is the latest for Triple XXX proprietor José Enciso Sr.

The longtime drive-in owner received dual accolades in May, including Business Person of the Year, at the Issaquah Community Awards Luncheon. The city also inducted Enciso into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the community’s highest honor.

Honorees received the King County awards during a Meydenbauer Center ceremony attended by almost 250 people from local chambers of commerce, cities and small business organizations.

King County Executive Dow Constantine, corporations and nonprofit organizations announced the Small Business Awards finalists Aug. 29. Organizers received more than 125 nominations from 30 award partners — including the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and city officials nominated the local businesses for the honor.

King County serves up business honor to Triple XXX

October 12, 2011

NEW — 11:20 a.m. Oct. 12, 2011

Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title in countywide competition Wednesday.

The drive-in bested other businesses in the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

The honor is the latest for longtime Triple XXX proprietor José Enciso Sr.

Enciso received dual accolades in May, including Business Person of the Year, at the Issaquah Community Awards Luncheon. The city also inducted Enciso into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the community’s highest honor.

Honorees received the King County awards during a Meydenbauer Center ceremony attended by almost 250 people from local chambers of commerce, cities and small business organizations.

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County Small Business Award finalists include Issaquah entrepreneurs

August 30, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 30, 2011

The finalists for the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards include Issaquah enterprises, TransNET Inc. and Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in.

King County Executive Dow Constantine — along sponsors Microsoft, KeyBank, enterpriseSeattle, Small Business Partners for Prosperity and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County — named 21 finalists in seven categories Monday.

TransNET Inc., a logistics provider, is nominated in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category. The award recognizes a small business for achieving “significant increased international sales” in the global marketplace.

The iconic Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in is up for Minority Small Business of the Year. The honor highlights a minority-owned business for attaining “outstanding business achievement” and exemplifying the contributions made by minority-owned businesses in King County.

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José Enciso, drive-in proprietor, receives top community honor

May 19, 2011

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

NEW — 12:30 p.m. May 19, 2011

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

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.

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Triple XXX car show schedule now includes campers

March 8, 2011

The Vintage Travel Trailer & Motor Home Camp Out show April 3 is sure to feature such classic campers as this one. Contributed

Jose Enciso Sr. really loves his job. As owner of the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, he gets to host more classic car shows than anywhere else in the state — 42 this year alone.

As owner of a sizable collection of his own classic hot rods, Enciso still gets a childlike sparkle in his eye when asked about his latest acquisition that isn’t even a car — a 1947 Aeroflite Travel Trailer.

Enciso gets to share his find, one of only 25 ever made, with other collectors from the travel trailer community at one of the XXX’s four newest shows for 2011 — the Vintage Travel Trailer & Motor Home Camp Out on April 3.

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Treat yourself right

June 29, 2010

On hot days, reach for the coolest treats Issaquah has to offer

Judy Sanchez, Gina Fernandez and Mari McCann (from left) serve up a famous Triple XXX super-sized root beer float. By Greg Farrar

Summer, glorious summer, means fat ice cream bars at Boehm’s Candies, enough Triple XXX Root Beer to float a battleship and ample pints at the Issaquah Brewhouse.

Summertime makes for a great excuse to sample quintessential delights from the classic Issaquah joints. Bonus: On blistering days, the treats offer respite from the heat.

Forget the drizzle and damp. Forget calorie counts. Indulge in something cool — and a little nostalgic. Hey, it’s summer.

Float on

Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in stands as a monument to the era before interstates and drive-thrus. Behind the barrel-shaped façade, the Enciso family serves big burgers portioned for Fred Flintstone, canoe-sized sundaes and enough flavors of shakes to put Baskin-Robbins to shame.

The titular attraction reigns supreme: root beer served in a frosted mug as big as a medieval tankard. Upgrade to a root-beer float and the potion comes crowned with whipped cream and a scoop of vanilla ice cream as big as a baseball.

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