Dick’s Drive-In celebrates 60 years this week

Edmonds Dick's Drive-in at sunset. (Photo by David Carlos)
Edmonds Dick’s Drive-in at sunset. (Photo by David Carlos)

Dick’s turns the big 6-0 Tuesday. Here’s how the iconic Seattle drive-in, which in 2011 opened an Edmonds location at the TOP Food and Drug parking lot on Highway 99, is going to celebrate this week at all six Dick’s locations:

Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 2-6 p.m.: 2-for-1 cheeseburgers and hamburgers (excludes the Deluxe & Special burgers, limit three free burgers per customer)
Friday, Jan. 31, all day: 10-cent Cokes or soft drinks – any size.

Dick’s will continue to sell its 60th Anniversary Memory Book throughout the year. All profits go to Dick’s “Change for Charity” program helping homeless charities throughout our community.

And here’s the HistoryLink.org Essay on Dick’s opening:

Dick’s Drive-in begins serving Seattle hamburgers on January 28, 1954.

On January 28, 1954, Dick’s Drive-in opens to begin serving hamburgers, french fries, and milkshakes on NE 45th Street in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. Dick’s comes to represent the quintessential 1950s, a cross between fast food and the automobile, quite the place to hang out with your friends with Rock ‘n Roll blaring from the car radio — at least by 1955 when Bill Haley and His Comets hit the charts with “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock,” moving on to 1956 when Elvis comes on the scene with “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender,” and “Heartbreak Hotel.” Dick’s Drive-in is started by Dick Spady and two partners.

In 1955, Broadway Dick’s opened on Capitol Hill. Holman Road Dick’s opened in 1960, the Lake City Dick’s in 1963, and the Queen Anne Dick’s in 1974.

In 2001, Dick’s Drive-in continues to serve up hamburgers, French fries, and milkshakes. It has remained a local business.

  1. When I first moved to Lynnwood in 1979 to work on Queen Hill in Seattle, one of my first discoveries was Dick’s on lower Queen Anne. I have loved em every chance i get. i was one happy girl when the new store opened in edmonds.

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