By the time you’re reading this, it’s likely that the first customers at Dick’s Drive-In in Kent will be noshing on hot, hand cut french fries and classic Americana burgers at its grand opening.
Folks, this is a long awaited moment.
Dick’s Drive-In first opened in Seattle in 1954, capitalizing on the “instant service” model that allowed the company to open more Seattle locations. For decades, the burger joint resided only within the Emerald City, until 2011, when it opened a drive-in in Edmonds.
In March of 2017, Dick’s announced that it would be opening its first South Sound location in Kent, after releasing a poll allowing customers to decide where Dick’s would plant its next flag. Burger enthusiasts cast 100,000 votes for a south-end location and won.
The Kent restaurant officially opened its doors at 10 a.m. this morning, and alas, we won’t have to drive up to Seattle to indulge in a Dick’s burger and shake. This new space is 5,000 square feet with six service windows, two grills and fryers, and roughly 50 employees.
When South Sound staff spoke to Dick’s Executive Vice President and CFO Jasmine Donovan in the fall of last year, she said the company is so excited about this expansion. However, it is a little bittersweet, she said. It was her grandfather, Dick Spady, that started Dick’s Drive In, and Kent will be the first restaurant they’ve opened without him.
Spady passed away in 2016 at the age of 92.