My Edmonds News was there to capture the action Wednesday morning as Dick’s Drive-In reached another major milestone toward completion of its first new drive-in in 37 years: installation of the company’s new 25-foot pylon sign along Highway 99 at 220th Street Southwest in Edmonds.
At the history-making event was Edmonds resident Jeph and his 2-month-old son Gideon (Jeph didn’t want their last name used). Gideon might not seem too interested now, but in another 16 years he may be bringing his first date to Dick’s — just as Jeph brought Gideon’s mother to a different Dick’s for their first date in the U.S. after being stationed in Japan, getting married and coming home.
Company vice president, Jim Spady, son of co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady was there to supervise the operation. Now that the sign is up, all that is left will be installing the grills, fryers and other inside equipment, getting final approval from the various government inspectors and celebrating the grand opening,” Spady said.
The new Edmonds pylon sign is virtually identical to the iconic pylon sign at the company’s flagship restaurant in Wallingford on Northeast 45th Street in Seattle. However, it will not revolve because such signs are no longer permitted by local building codes. Berry Neon Signs of Everett designed the sign and performed the installation Wednesday.
Spady says the new sign will be illuminated at night, but not until the restaurant’s grand opening, now scheduled for mid-fall.
“Our hope is that the final government inspections and approvals will go as smoothly as the construction,” Spady said. “If all goes well during the final stages, we’ll open much earlier than we had originally planned and definitely before Thanksgiving.”