Dick's Drive-In

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Dick's Drive-In
Industry Fast food
Founded Wallingford, Seattle, Washington (1954)
Headquarters Seattle
Number of locations
Key people
Founders: Dick Spady, H. Warren Ghormley, Dr. B. O. A. Thomas
Products Hamburgers, fries, shakes, sodas, and ice cream.
Website www.ddir.com/

Dick's Drive-In, or simply Dick's, is a fast-food restaurant chain in the Seattle, Washington area.


Dick's original location in Wallingford on a summer night.

Founders Dick Spady, H. Warren Ghormley, and Dr. B. O. A. Thomas opened the first Dick's in 1954 in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood, on N.E. 45th Street. In 1955, a second Dick's was opened in Seattle's Capitol Hill district. This was followed by a third in 1960 in the Crown Hill neighborhood, a 4th in 1963 in Lake City, a fifth in Queen Anne in 1974. In September 2010, it was announced that Dick's was planning on opening a new sixth location in the Seattle area and that an online poll on their website would determine the new location.[1] After a few weeks of polling, the area north of Seattle won the right for a new Dick's Drive-In. On October 15, 2010, Dick's officials announced the new location to be in Edmonds on the corner of Hwy 99 and 220th St.[2] All but the Queen Anne location are without customer seating. The Queen Anne location has indoor tables and no drive-in. The restaurants only accept cash; there are no ways to use electronic forms of payment.

The simple menu has changed little over time. It features fast-food staples such as hamburgers, hand-cut french fries, and individually made milkshakes. Dick's is particularly well known for the "Dick's Deluxe," which includes lettuce, mayonnaise, and chopped pickles. No substitutions are allowed and all burgers are cooked to well done; the only available omissions are the Deluxe without cheese or fries without salt.[3][4]

For several years Dick's has offered best-in-industry employee benefits such as a matched 401(k), 100% employer-paid medical insurance, and a $22,000 college tuition scholarship after six months of work.[5]

In 2013, Dick's Drive-In was voted "the most life-changing burger joint in America" in an Esquire.com poll.[6]

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There is also a Dick's Hamburgers restaurant in Spokane.[8] Although this is a drive-in, operated in much the same manner as the five drive-in locations of the Seattle chain (and with a larger menu), it is not affiliated with Dick's Drive-In.


  1. ^ McNerthey, Casey (2010-08-31). "Dick's Drive-In to open new location". Seattle Post-Intelligencer Business Journal (Seattle). Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  2. ^ "A new Dick's Drive-In is coming to Edmonds!". Dick's Media Room, Press Releases. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  3. ^ Kelly, Leslie (2008-05-23). "The trick at Dick's? Hold the cheese on a deluxe burger". Seattle PI. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  4. ^ Spady, Richard; O'Connor, Kathleen L. (2012). Spady, John, ed. Dick Spady: A Life of Visions and Values. pp. 39–42. ISBN 0615496407. 
  5. ^ Spady, Richard; O'Connor, Kathleen L. (2012). Spady, John, ed. Dick Spady: A Life of Visions and Values. pp. 43–44. ISBN 0615496407. 
  6. ^ "Secrets of the Most Life Changing Burger Joint". Esquire Magazine. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Macklemore films video at iconic Seattle hamburger venue
  8. ^ "Dick's Hamburgers". Yelp. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 

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