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The Seattle region's classic burger joint turns 60 tomorrow!
Dick's Drive-In Restaurants celebrates anniversary with 2-for-1 cheeseburgers on Tuesday and 10-cent Coke prices on Friday (the 1954 price for Cokes!).

Seattle - It's been an amazing year of sharing old memories and making news ones at all six restaurants, from old cars in Lake City to a block party on Broadway.

Dick's turns the big 6-0 is this week. Here’s how we are going to celebrate.

TUESDAY, Jan. 28th ONLY, from 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM, 2-for-1 cheeseburgers and hamburgers! (excludes the Deluxe & Special burgers, limit 3 free burgers per customer)
FRIDAY, Jan. 31 ONLY, ALL DAY, 10-cent Cokes or soft drinks – any size!
WHERE: All 6 Dick's Drive-In Restaurants

AND LIVE MUSIC ON FRIDAY, Jan. 31st 7:00-9:30 PM at the QUEEN ANNE Dick's.
Friday, Jan 31 we end our year of celebration with a great event for the whole family at the Queen Anne Dick's Drive-In Restaurant - the only Dick's Drive-In with indoor seating.

Dick's will continue to sell the 60th Anniversary Memory Book throughout the year. It's filled with 60 years of heartwarming memories. All profits go to Dick's "Change for Charity" program helping homeless charities throughout our community.

Dick's first restaurant on NE 45th Street opened for business on January 28, 1954. 60 years later, Dick's 100% beef burgers and buns are still made fresh and never frozen; Dick's fries are still hand-cut daily from fresh, never-frozen, potatoes; and Dick's shakes are still hand-dipped and individually whipped the old fashioned way.

Visit the website at www.dicksdrivein.com for amazing Dick's Drive-In memories!
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Monday, November 4, 2013
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It's a Dick's full meal thank you for veterans and military members
Dick's Drive-Ins to honor military service with free burgers, fries, and sodas on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11

Seattle - Dick's Drive-In Restaurants announced today free burgers, fries, and sodas in honor of Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Any burger on the menu including the famous, quarter-pound Dick's Deluxe, plus an order of, Dick's hand-cut fries and a 16 ounce soda will be served free throughout the day at all 6 Dick's Drive-Ins to any veteran or active military member as a way to honor past and present military service.

"It's a full-meal thank you," says Jim Spady, vice president of Dick's Drive-Ins and son of namesake and co-founder Dick Spady. "Nothing compares to the great sacrifice of our veterans and the level of service expressed by our men and women in uniform. They deserve our recognition and gratitude."

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. until closing on Monday, Nov. 11, all veteran and active duty military members who can show any form of military identification or wear their military uniform will receive one free burger, plus fries, and a regular-sized soda at the Wallingford, Broadway, Holman Road, Lake City, Queen Anne, and Edmonds Dick's Drive-In locations.

Dick's is also holding a contest for veterans on the company's Facebook page. One veteran will be selected to "flip the switch" for the first ever Winter Lights Celebration at the Holman Road Dick's Drive-In in Ballard. The lighting event is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 as part of Dick's 60th Anniversary celebration.

Spady added, "My dad, Dick, served in the Navy in World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War. My mom was in the Navy when she met my dad and my daughter served in the Navy. Our family holds a deep respect and admiration for our veterans and service members."

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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Dick Spady's 90th Birthday Message

Dear Friends of Dick's Drive-In Restaurants,

Today I am 90 years young! The drive-in restaurant that many people said wouldn't amount to much will soon turn 60 and now consists of six Dick's Drive-In locations!

Both milestones are remarkable and would not have been possible without the love and support of my family, the vision and hard work of my co-founders, and our amazing employees.

I know that my family shares with me a deep sense of gratitude for all the special people that have touched and influenced our lives, and all the great memories that have been made along the way.

I want to first say thank you to my late co-founders Warren Ghormley and Dr. B.O.A. "Tom" Thomas, for everything they did to help create and sustain our business during our first 37 years.

Thank you to the thousands of people who have worked at Dick's over the years. We would never have this wonderful opportunity to celebrate our upcoming 60th anniversary without your hard work and personal commitment to our customers.

Thank you to our customers. We wouldn't have lasted a week, let alone 60 years without you! Ever since we opened our doors on January 28, 1954, you've embraced us with your support and loyalty.

Thank you to my family, and especially my wife of over 58 years, Ina Lou, for your support and understanding.

And finally, I would like to say thank you to all the people who share this beautiful place we call home. We are all blessed to be able to live here, for as much time as God allows.

Dick Spady, President

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On Broadway it's the ultimate Block Party for Dick's 60th Anniversary
In Seattle style, Dick's Drive-Ins to bring live music, craft beer, and Broadway's biggest posse ever as fans gather to celebrate the hometown favorite burger joint

Seattle - It's the ultimate Broadway Block Party complete with local Seattle bands, craft brews, and two surprise guests for the biggest posse gathering in the company's history. Dick's Drive-Ins announced today that they are closing Broadway Avenue between East John Street and East Denny Way this Sunday, Sept. 8 to celebrate the company's 60th Anniversary. The event begins at noon with live music from 2:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

"What better way to say 'thank you' to our customers and celebrate Dick's strong connection to the people and places we love than by throwing the ultimate block party," said Saul Spady, the party's emcee, and grandson of Dick Spady, co-founder and president of Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.

"No matter your taste in music, the band lineup covers Seattle's music spectrum from hip-hop, to folk, to alternative rock and includes Motopony and Don't Talk To The Cops, and we've even got music for the kids with the super-popular, family-friendly band Recess Monkey to kick things off at 2:00 p.m.," Spady said.

Spady added, "We always have a focus on our fans and on charity and this party is no different. Thanks to the generosity of other great local companies, all beer garden proceeds and water sales will go to our 8 "Change for Charity" organizations that serve the homeless in Seattle and Edmonds," Spady said.

Dick's Change for Charity program has raised almost $800,000 through customer donations to help local charities that serve the homeless. A list of charity organizations is available on the website http://dicksdrivein.com/giving

Companies that donated beer include Elysian Brewing Company, Fremont Brewing Company, Georgetown Brewing Company, Hilliard's Beer, Silver City Brewery & Taproom, and Xpedx Distributors donated the bottled water.

Fans will select Sunday's 4:00 p.m. act through a Facebook contest between the following bands at https://facebook.com/dicksdrivein. Voting continues until midnight on Thursday.

Broadway Block Party Band lineup in reverse order from the finale band performance to kick-off act:

  • Motopony
  • Don't Talk To The Cops
  • Tilson XOXO
  • Radio Raheem
  • Sammy Witness & The Reassignment
  • Funky 2 Death
  • Dick's Facebook Block Party Band Winner
  • Recess Monkey kicks-off for families at 2:00 PM

Two surprise performance guests, so stay tuned...

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Calling all 2013 grads! Grab your FREE cheeseburgers now thru June 21
Dick's Drive-In grad giveaway celebrates academic achievement and over $1.3 million in employee college scholarships

Seattle - It's that time of year when senioritis and "all-nighters" give way to graduation celebrations and free cheeseburgers! Dick's Drive-In Restaurants announced today their 18th annual grad giveaway with a free cheeseburger or regular hamburger, now through June 21, for any high school or college graduates who show up at any Dick's Drive-In in their cap and gown.

"Graduation season is one of our favorite times of the year," said Jim Spady, Dick's Drive-In vice president, "It's an important milestone and we love seeing all the grads in their colorful caps and gowns. It's our way of saying 'congratulations for a job well done.'"

Spady added that Dick's Drive-Ins has made education a cornerstone of their community investments. "We offer our employees up to $22,000 in college scholarship funds over four years, to help them earn associate, bachelor and even graduate degrees. It's the most important investment we make every year," said Spady.

The company has given over $1.3 million in college scholarships to employees in the past 21 years. There are currently 59 employees enrolled in the scholarship program. To qualify, employees must work at least 20 hours a week while in college.

For the first time, Dick's is launching a Best Graduation Photo contest on Facebook. Take a grad picture in front of any Dick's restaurant and share on Dick's Facebook page http://facebook.com/dicksdrivein. The winner will receive $100 in Dick's Dollars. All contest photos must be posted no later than June 21, 2013.

Contest Rules: Dick's will decide the winner from the photos submitted by June 21. All typical contest rules apply, including no purchase necessary, Dick's employees are not eligible to win, all photos entered become the property of Dick's, etc.

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The Seattle region's classic burger joint is about to turn 59!
Dick's Drive-In Restaurants to celebrate anniversary with 1954 prices on Cokes and the famous 2-for-1 cheeseburger special

Seattle - You may have sang the tunes of Bill Haley and The Comets, or Seattle greats Heart, Nirvana, Sir-Mix-A-lot or Macklemore, but for almost 6 decades, Dick's Drive-Ins has been the classic place to hangout, make memories, and enjoy great burgers, hand-cut fries, and old fashioned shakes no matter who's on your playlist.

We plan to celebrate by turning back the clock to 1954 with 10-cent Cokes and the customer favorite 2-for-the-price-of-1 cheeseburgers.

FRIDAY, Jan. 25, ALL day 10-cent Cokes or soft drinks - any size

TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM, 2-for-the-
price-of-1 cheeseburgers and regular hamburgers
(Offer excludes the Deluxe and Special burgers,
Limit free 3 burgers per customer)

WHERE: All 6 Dick's Drive-In Restaurants
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Dick's first opened its doors on January 28, 1954. 59 years later, Dick's 100% beef burgers and buns are still made fresh and never frozen; Dick's fries are still hand-cut daily from fresh, never-frozen, potatoes; and Dick's shakes are still hand-dipped and individually whipped the old fashioned way.

Many thanks to our loyal customers and great employees for almost 6 decades of great memories and for making Dick's the hometown burger favorite.

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It's a Dick's full meal thank you for veterans and military members
Dick's Drive-Ins to honor military service with free burgers, fries, and sodas on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11.

Seattle - Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. announced today free burgers, fries, and sodas in honor of Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. Any burger on the menu including the famous, quarter-pound Dick's Deluxe, plus an order of, Dick's hand-cut fries and a 16 ounce soda will be served free throughout the day at all 6 Dick's Drive-In Restaurants to any veteran or active military member as a way to honor past and present military service.

"It's a full-meal thank you," says Jim Spady, vice president of Dick's Drive-Ins and son of namesake and co-founder Dick Spady. "In the past we've celebrated Veterans Day with free cheeseburgers, but this year we wanted to do more. Nothing compares to the great sacrifice of our veterans and the level of service expressed by our men and women in uniform. They deserve our recognition and gratitude."

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. until closing on Sunday, Nov. 11, all veteran and active duty military members who can show any form of military identification or wear their military uniform will receive one free burger, plus fries, and a regular-sized soda at all 6 Dick's Drive-In Restaurants at the Wallingford, Broadway, Holman Road, Lake City, Queen Anne, and Edmonds locations.

Spady added, "My dad, Dick, served in the Navy in World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War. My mom was in the Navy when she met my dad and now my daughter serves in the Navy. Our family holds a deep respect and admiration for our veterans and service members."

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Can You Say FREE burgers?
Dick's Drive-Ins announces their famous 2-for-1 cheeseburger giveaway
Launches Code Word Campaign for customers

What's better than a cheeseburger hot off the grill? A FREE Dick's cheeseburger hot off the grill! Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. announced today that they are bringing back the famous 2-for-1 hamburgers and cheeseburgers on Monday, Oct. 22nd, 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. only at all six restaurants.

But there's a catch. Customers have to say the CODE WORD to get the free burgers. Starting Oct. 16th, customers are encouraged to tune-in EACH DAY, between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m to Facebook and Twitter to gather clues to the CODE WORD.

The Code Word Campaign and 2-for-1 burgers are part of the Holman Road Dick's Drive-In's Grand Re-Opening.

Limit 3 free burgers per customer.

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Monday, October 15, 2012
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Happy 89th Birthday Dick Spady!

In honor of Dick's Drive-Ins' President and co-founder, Dick Spady's 89th birthday, people shared special memories that spanned over 45 years and six decades! We treasure every one of them, but here are a few of our favorites...enjoy a fun run down memory lane!

Bob Blackburn
My dad was the broadcaster for the Seattle Super Sonics, and I graduated from Newport High in 1969. In the early 1970's I needed a job, and the Dick's in Bellevue was hiring, I had long hair and had to wear a wig at work. It was the year they launched the "Dick's Special."
When I moved to Seattle in the mid 1980's and lived on First Ave. North, my kitchen window faced the back door of the Dick's on Lower Queen Anne. I still have a Dick's t-shirt I found in a thrift store in the Seattle area years ago that I wear from time to time.
My dad would have been 88 years old yesterday and my mom turned 85 on Saturday. I live in California now and will be up in a few months to take mom out for a Dick's Special. Happy 89th Birthday, Dick!

Ashley Tato
Oct. 20, 2011 I stood in line for three hours with Larry and Sheri Yohn, and Jaimie Power at the Edmonds Grand Opening. Little did I know, I would meet an amazing man that night. I thought this boy (Brock M. Gudgeon) that I bumped in to was cute and Jaimie dared me to give him my phone number.
I don't do things like that, but I did that night, and Brock and I have been inseparable ever since. We now live together, have two dogs, and are one happy family!
We will be back at the Edmonds Dick's on Oct. 20th, 2012 to celebrate our one-year anniversary together by having a candlelight dinner in the back of the Edge eating Dick's burgers. I think this will be a tradition for us every year!!! If it were not for your Grand Opening, we would never have met.

Kimberly Yockey
Dick's has always been and always will be the best place to eat and to work. I had the honor of running the 45th store for many years, and while it was not always easy, I had the time of my life! I want to wish Dick a Happy Birthday and than him for all the support he provided me during my tenure at Dick's.

Pam Hartman Jussel
I've been married for 43 years to a wonderful man whom I met in the parking lot at the Lake City Dick's in November of 1968! Thank you, Dick's Drive-In! I don't know what my life would have been without you!

Jeesup Bangham
The first time I had ever heard of Dick's was on the Sir-Mix-A-Lot song "My Posse's on Broadway," while living in Alaska.
After moving to Seattle in the late 1990's, I was more formally introduced to the magnificent creation that is a Dick's Deluxe. Dick's was there when it was all I could afford for a meal, and Dick's is still there now when I want to have a great burger, or the best fries and shakes in the city!
I absolutely adore Dick's and always will.
Signed by a loving fan of a truly great Seattle institution.

Julie D. McQuiston
We go swing dancing just down the way at Century Ballroom, and a night is never complete without a trip to Dick's!
In fact, I was with a friend at the Pacific Northwest Ballet for the first time last week and I said that we couldn't go home without a milkshake and fries! She said that the fries were some of the BEST she's ever had! Thank you Dick's for helping to start new traditions and to grow friendships!

Many thanks to everyone who shared their special Dick's memories and who wished Dick a very happy birthday.

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Calling all 2012 grads! Grab your FREE cheeseburgers now thru June 21
Dick's Drive-In grad giveaway is company's opportunity to say "congratulations"
and celebrate over $1.2 million in college scholarships

Seattle - It's that time of year when senioritis and "all-nighters" give way to graduation celebrations and free cheeseburgers! Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. announced today their 17th annual grad giveaway, now through June 21, with free cheeseburgers or regular hamburgers for any high school or college graduates who show up at any Dick's Drive-In in their cap and gown.

"Graduation season is one of our favorite times of the year," said Jim Spady, Dick's Drive-In vice president, "It's an important milestone and we love seeing all the grads in their colorful caps and gowns. It's our way of saying 'congratulations for a job well done."

Spady added that Dick's Drive-Ins has made education a cornerstone of their community investments. "We offer full and part-time employees up to $22,000 in college scholarship funds. It's the most important investment in someone's future we can make," said Spady.

The company has given over $1.2 million in college scholarships to employees in the past 20 years. There are currently 59 employees enrolled in the scholarship program including 10 from the new Edmonds drive-in. To qualify, employees must work at least 20 hours a week.

Dick's employees Shiloh Swainson and Blaine Wynn share what Dick's scholarships mean to them on the Dick's Drive-In Facebook page www.facebook.com/DicksDriveIn/videos

Share your graduation photos at Dick's Drive-Ins' Facebook page at http://facebook.com/dicksdrivein

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Congratulations to our Dick's 80's Flashback winners!

Douglas "Stringtie" Creson: The 80's Buzz Scooter Club

Every Sunday at noon we would meet at Dick's on Broadway for lunch while we planned our day's ride.

Every week 20-30 Vespa and Lambretta scooters would lineup in the parking lot for our weekly ride to a local landmark such as Hat and Boots, Jimi Hendricks grave, Gasworks Park, Georgetown Steam Plant, or a scenic drive along Lake Washington Blvd, or Kerry Park on Queen Anne hill.

We always created quite a spectacle roaring down Broadway as we scooted off.

John Keister did a segment on us for Almost Live and the Rocket Magazine had a full page spread of our club. We even had our own fanzine.

Louise Uriu: Post 80's Wedding Anniversary Burger Run

After a posh 50th wedding anniversary in Seattle, my husband and I decided to hit Dick's on the way home. As we pulled into the parking lot, imagine our surprise when we realized that my mom, my brother, and my aunt all had the same idea!

Brian Pierce: Never Buy Fewer Than 3 Deluxes...

After closing the Anacortes McDonalds at 11 p.m., we would cram 7 very large crew members in to a tiny Hyundai Hatchback and rocket down the highway towards The U District, leaving sparks on the highway with every slight bump we hit and trying to remember exactly which exit we needed to take (we could never all agree).

When we finally DID make it to Dicks, usually with about 20 minutes to spare before they closed for the night, we would pull up and start unloading portly McDonalds crew members in their full work uniforms from our little hatchback clown car. Thank goodness this was in a time before cellphone cameras and the Internet, can you imagine the absolute SCANDAL of it all? We were each buying giant orders, too... I personally would order a bag of 20 Dicks Deluxes so I would have enough for every meal over the course of the next week, and everyone else in the car I know was ordering at least 10 Deluxes each! We usually attracted quite a bit of attention, lots of questions, lots of "Is it legal for you guys to eat here?" type of comments... it felt like we were celebrities!

Our Manager, Todd, taught me that you NEVER buy less than three Dicks Deluxes at a time; one to eat right away, one to leave on the dashboard o your car and one for in your pocket while you walk around because you never know when you'll wish you had a Deluxe with you. And then when you get back to the car, you have a Deluxe sitting on your dashboard, cooking for the drive home!

To this day, I still buy no fewer that 3 Deluxes at a time...

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Dick's Drive-In is going Back to the Future with SIFF Cinema
80's Flashback fun and prizes

Favorite Dick's Memory:

It's an 80's Flashback contest! If you lived through big hair, Max Headroom, and the sage advice of Ferris Bueller and Alex Keaton, then share with us your favorite Dick's Drive-In memory and win some fun prizes. We're going Back to the Future with SIFF Cinema as they gear up for their special Uptown Theater event March 31st.

Tell us in 50 words or less why your 80's flashback beats the rest.

Email your entries to contest@ddir.com flashback contest

Contest deadline is 8 PM Thursday, March 29th. We'll post the winners on Friday March 30th.

Prizes: $20 worth of Dick's Bucks, t-shirt and SIFF Cinema tickets

Big Hair Contest:

Mouse it, jell it, spike it to the max. We want your biggest big hair to pay homage to that 80's over-the-top, glam rock style.

WHEN: Saturday, March 31st 10:00 PM
WHERE: Queen Anne Dick's Drive-In

Prizes: $20 worth of Dick's Bucks, t-shirt and SIFF Cinema tickets

Come early for the SIFF Uptown Theater event with actor Lea Thompson and the Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club

WHEN: 8:30 PM Queen Anne Avenue in front of the Uptown Theater. The DeLoreans will be on display in the Dick's Queen Anne parking lot.

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Dick's Drive-Ins Makes Special Holiday Appeal for Homeless Children
Donations to company's Change For Charity program in December to house homeless families with children

Seattle – Dick's Drive-In Restaurants is hoping customer's spare change adds up to big support for local homeless children and their families this holiday season. The famed restaurant chain announced today that all customer donations through the Change For Charity program will focus on this critical need during December.

"Many families with children continue to struggle in our community," said Jim Spady, vice president for Dick's Drive-Ins, "homelessness is especially bitter for children during the Christmas season, so that is why we've decided to focus customer donations on this cause."

Since 1998, Dick's Change For Charity program has raised over $500,000 in donations from customers who drop their change in the little collection boxes at Dick's 6 local restaurants including the new restaurant in Edmonds.

"The success of the program is a testament to the generosity of our customers and we want to thank each and every customer who ever made a donation," Spady said.

2011 included the largest single monthly donation in March when over $21,000 was collected to aid the earthquake and tsunami relief effort in Japan.

"We're hoping those little change boxes will add up to an even bigger impact this December to house homeless kids in our community," Spady said.

Change For Charity boxes are located at the Wallingford, Broadway, Holman Road, Lake City, Queen Anne, and the new Dick's Drive-In in Edmonds.

In addition, Dick's Drive-In plans to match customer donations from December 2010 in the form of a company donation to its other charity organizations serving homeless men and women. Spady added that the matching donations for this month will include an appropriate adjustment from the new Edmonds location since that drive-in was not open in December 2010.

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Dick's Burger Blast for Local Veterans and Military Members
Dick's Drive-Ins to honor military service with free hamburgers and cheeseburgers on Veterans Day

Seattle – Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. announced today free hamburgers and cheeseburgers in honor of Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. Free burgers will be served throughout the day at all 6 Dick's Drive-In Restaurants to any veteran or active military member as a way to honor past and present military service.

Dick Spady, co-founder and president of Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, is also a veteran of two wars and Dick's Drive-Ins supports the local USO at Sea-Tac Airport and Joint Base Lewis McChord. "I served in the Navy in World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War. My wife was in the Navy when we met and now I have a granddaughter serving in the Navy. Our family holds a deep respect and admiration for our veterans and active military members. They deserve our recognition and gratitude," Spady says.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. until closing on Veterans Day, all veterans and active duty military members who can show any form of military identification or wear their military uniform will receive one free hamburger or cheeseburger at all 6 Dick's Drive-In Restaurants in Wallingford, Broadway, Holman Road, Lake City, Queen Anne, and at the recently opened Edmonds location.

Spady celebrated his 88th birthday in Oct. just days before the grand opening of the company's first new restaurant in 37 years in Edmonds. Over 800 people attended the grand opening ceremony and customers flocked to the new drive-in, smashing records for most burgers sold and total sales for a single day.

"We've got very enthusiastic fans and we hope they'll extend that same enthusiasm in helping us share our gratitude to the community's vets and active military members," Spady says.

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New Dick's in Edmonds smashes company records!
Most burgers sold in single day as fans flock to new drive-in

Seattle – Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. announced today that its new Edmonds restaurant smashed the previous all-time records for most burgers sold and total sales. On Friday, Edmonds fans consumed more burgers in a single day at a single restaurant in the company's 57-year history - and by over 30 percent! Since the grand opening Thursday, Oct. 20, at 3:00 PM, hungry fans have broken hourly sales records and burgers sold, and set a new record for total sales for a single day.

"This is truly amazing and beyond anything that we had anticipated," said Jim Spady, vice president of Dick's Drive-In Restaurant, and son of co-founder Dick Spady, "We've been out talking with burger fans in the Edmonds lines, and neither rain, nor two-hour waits, deterred people from setting their sights on Dick's delicious burgers, fries, and shakes."

Spady added that on opening day, the Edmonds restaurant came close to running out of buns. "We had to make a couple of bun runs to other drive-ins to keep the burgers going. Our Edmonds team did an amazing job keeping up with the thousands of orders," Spady said.

On opening day last Thursday, the drive-in started serving food around 3:30 PM. Hourly records for burgers sold and total sales were smashed and the new restaurant came only 120 burgers short of the all-time record after being open for only 10 hours.

"We knew that Friday would be a big day since we would be open for the full 15 and a-half hours, but we didn't think it would be that big - breaking the all-time record by over 30 percent," Spady said.

The previous record for total burgers sold on a single day by a single drive-in happened on December 23, 2010 at the Wallingford restaurant on NE 45th Street.

The new Edmonds Dick's Drive-In is located at 21910 Hwy 99 in Edmonds 1-mile west of I-5 off exit 179 at 220th Street SW. It is Dick's 6th restaurant, the first new Dick's restaurant in 37 years, and the first to open in Snohomish County.

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Fire up those grills! It's time to OPEN!
Dick's Drive-Ins announces Grand Opening for new Edmonds location

Seattle – Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. announced today that the grand opening of its new Edmonds restaurant is set for this Thursday, Oct. 20, at 3:00 PM. The new drive-in, located at 21910 Hwy 99 in Edmonds, is 1 mile west of I-5 off exit 179 at 220th Street SW. The celebration will feature local marching bands, the Orange Ticket contest winners, local dignitaries, and company namesake and co-founder Dick Spady, who turned 88 last weekend.

"We can't wait to fire up the two grills and give our local fans what they've been waiting for – delicious burgers, crispy hand-cut fries and creamy hand-dipped shakes," said Jim Spady, Dick's vice president and son of Dick Spady. "The outpouring of support and enthusiasm from the community for our local family business has been humbling and overwhelming. We could not have picked a better place to add 35 new jobs and to start building new friendships and memories."

In mid-September, the company launched its Orange Ticket contest to select the 13 lucky fans who would be the first in line at the grand opening. Thousands of fans participated online by following clues on Facebook and Twitter that revealed the time and location of each Orange Ticket giveaway. The final ticket was given out on KIRO News Talk Radio 97.3 FM during the Ron and Don Show.

Spady noted that the opening is only 5 months after the groundbreaking and a "good six weeks ahead of schedule." "A lot of talented and hard working people made this possible. We're especially grateful to the City of Edmonds, our general manager Ken Frazier, architect Phil Kallsen, our general contractor Schuchart Construction and all of our subcontractors and suppliers," Spady said.

Several hundred people are expected to attend the opening ceremonies, which will include marching bands from Edmonds-Woodway High School, Lynnwood High School and the Northwest Junior Pipe Band.

The Edmonds drive-in is Dick's 6th restaurant, the first new Dick's restaurant in 37 years and the first to open in Snohomish County. The last grand opening celebration was in 1974 for the Queen Anne Dick's Drive-In. The original Dick's opened in 1954 on NE 45th Street, a mile west of the University of Washington.

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FAQs
Orange Ticket Contest for Dick's Edmonds Grand Opening

WHAT: 12 Orange Tickets awarded to the first fans who find them and provide the correct password to the Dick's representative.

Four Orange Tickets are reserved for high school students enrolled at Edmonds-Woodway, Lynnwood, Meadowdale and Mountlake Terrace high schools. One Orange Ticket is also reserved for a high school student enrolled in an alternative high school program at either Scriber Lake or Edmonds Heights.

WHEN:
Between Sept. 28 and Oct. 14, 2011, clues as to where and when you can find an Orange Ticket will be posted on the Dick's Drive-In Facebook page and on Twitter.

http://Facebook.com/DicksDriveIn
http://Twitter.com/DicksDriveIns

CLUES:
2 clues will be given for each Orange Ticket. The second clue will include the exact time and location of the Orange Ticket and a PASSWORD.
The second clue and password will be posted FIRST on Twitter and then Facebook.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE ORANGE TICKET LOCATION?
At the revealed location, look for a person wearing a blue hard hat that says "EDMONDS." The first person to touch the Edmonds hard hat and provide the PASSWORD will be awarded the Orange Ticket from that location. If the Orange Ticket is reserved for a student from a particular high school, the person must also produce a valid high school ID or other acceptable proof of current enrollment in good standing at the particular high school.

WHAT DOES THE ORANGE TICKET MEAN?
Orange Ticket holders will be VIPs at the Edmonds Grand Opening ceremonies and be among the very first fans to eat at the new Edmonds drive-in. Prizes include:
• Commemorative Orange Ticket framed
• $20 in Edmonds gift certificates
• Commemorative T-shirt marking the Edmonds Grand Opening
• 1 Edmonds hard hat
• Group photo on opening day with Dick Spady, co-founder of Dick's Drive-Ins

IF I'M AN ORANGE TICKET WINNER HOW WILL I KNOW ABOUT THE GRAND OPENING?
You will be contacted directly with details about the date and time for the Grand Opening ceremonies. The new Edmonds Dick's Drive-In is located at Hwy 99 and 220th Street SW in the Top Food & Drug parking lot.

OTHER RULES: Winners must give their written permission for online posting, publication, and broadcasting of their names, photos and video. Orange Tickets may not be sold on eBay or otherwise. Orange Tickets may be transferred to a family member or close friend, but only with Dick's prior written permission. In the event of a tie, the Orange Ticket winner will be decided by tossing a coin.

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Dick's launches "Orange Ticket" Contest for Grand Opening!
Who will be the first fans to eat a Dick's burger at the new Edmonds drive-in?

Seattle – Willy Wonka had his golden ticket, now Dick's has the Orange Ticket. Seattle's hometown favorite, Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., announced today a contest to select those lucky fans who will be the first to sink their teeth into a juicy Dick's burger at the Grand Opening of the new Edmonds drive-in.

Called the Dick's "Orange Ticket" contest, the company plans to distribute 12 Orange Tickets by revealing clues and a special password through Facebook and Twitter. Orange Ticket winners will play a special part in the grand opening celebration this fall at the Edmonds Dicks Drive-In, including prizes and a photo with Dick Spady, president and co-founder of Dick's Drive-Ins.

"This is our first new drive-in since 1974 - 10 years before Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was born," said Jim Spady, vice president of Dick's Drive-Ins, "Our burgers, fries, and shakes are still the same high quality, hand-prepared goodness as they were in 1954, but social media has really changed the way we connect with our customers. What better way to mark this new era for Dick's Drive-Ins than with a fun contest on Facebook and Twitter."

Spady added that beginning this week clues will be posted on the company's Facebook page www.facebook.com/DicksDriveIn and Twitter with the final clue for the Orange Ticket revealed first on Twitter @DicksDriveIns, hashtag #orangeticket. The first person to locate each Orange Ticket will be a VIP and among the first in line at the grand opening.

"Each Orange Ticket was designed and hand created by Seattle artist Theresa Neinas and are made for framing as a true keepsake," Spady said.

Spady added that plans are now in place to open before Thanksgiving. "Our hope is that the final government inspections and approvals will go as smoothly as the construction," said Spady, "If all goes well, we'll open in the next 4 to 6 weeks."

The new Edmonds Dicks Drive-In is located at Hwy 99 and 220th Street SW in the Top Food & Drug parking lot.

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Dick's Sign of the Times!
Installation set for iconic Dick's Drive-In sign at new Edmonds location

Seattle – Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., announced today a major milestone toward completion of its first new drive-in in 37 years. Plans are set for Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 9:00 a.m. to install the company's new pylon sign along Hwy 99 in Edmonds at 220th Street SW.

Press availability is scheduled during the sign installation with company vice president, Jim Spady, son of co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady. Installation of the 25-foot sign will take around an hour to complete.

"The outside of the new Edmonds drive-in is near completion now that the signs are going up," says Spady. "After this week, 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."

The new Edmond's pylon sign will be virtually identical to the iconic pylon sign at the company's flagship restaurant in Wallingford on NE 45th Street in Seattle, but will not revolve because such signs are no longer permitted by local building codes. Berry Neon Signs of Everett designed the sign and will perform the installation on 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," says Spady, "If all goes well during the final stages, we'll open much earlier than we had originally planned and definitely before Thanksgiving."

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Dick's Now Hiring for New Restaurant in Edmonds!
Grand Opening likely before Thanksgiving

Seattle – It's been a top question for burger fans everywhere – when will Dick's Drive-In Restaurants begin hiring for the new Edmonds restaurant? The company announced today that applications for the Edmonds drive-in are now being accepted at all of Dick's 5 Seattle restaurants. Hiring will start by mid-September so the new Edmonds crew will be trained and ready for a Grand Opening before Thanksgiving.

"It was one year ago today that we announced to our fans that we planned to build our first new drive-in in 37 years," says Jim Spady, vice president of Dick's Drive-Ins and son of company co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady, "Hiring the new Edmonds crew means the reality of a new Dick's Drive-In is almost here."

Spady added that construction of the new Edmonds drive-in is going so well that plans are now in place to open before Thanksgiving. "Our hope is that the final government inspections and approvals will go as smoothly as the construction," says Spady, "If all goes well, we'll open earlier than we had planned and definitely before Thanksgiving."

The Edmonds crew will include veteran employees transferring from Dick's 5 existing Seattle restaurants plus new hires that also do their initial training at an existing drive-in so that they are ready to serve customers quickly during the Grand Opening. "Our great employees are the key to our success, and we're excited to add at least 25 permanent new jobs to the Edmonds area," Spady says.

Dick's Drive-Ins is well known for its generous employee benefits that include 100 percent employer-paid health insurance, $22,000 for college scholarships and subsidized childcare even for part-time employees. At $9.50 per hour to start, and generous merit raises after that, Dick's offers by far the best wages and benefits in the local fast-food industry.

The new Edmonds Dick's Drive-In is being built on Hwy 99 at 220th Street SW in the Top Food & Drug parking lot. The first Dick's Drive-In opened in 1954 at 111 NE 45th Street, less than a mile west of the University of Washington.

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Dick's Drive-Ins' Customer Charity Program Tops Half-Million Milestone
2011 also includes largest single month donation in program's history

Seattle – Extra customer change at Dick's Drive-Ins has added up to big support for homeless shelters throughout the Seattle area and disaster relief efforts. The famed restaurant chain announced today that its Change4Charity program hit the half-million mark this week with over $500,000 in donations collected from customers who drop change in the collection boxes at their 5 local restaurants.

"Those little change boxes have added up to big donations," says Jim Spady, vice president of the local family business, "We want to thank each and every customer who has taken the time to drop their extra burger change into the Change4Charity boxes."

Spady added that 2011 also includes the largest single month donation in March when over $21,000 was collected to aid the earthquake and tsunami relief effort in Japan.  Donations were directed to the Seattle Red Cross and World Vision in Federal Way, Wash.

"This program has far exceeded our expectations," says Spady, "It's a testament to our generous customers who care about their community."

The Change4Charity program started in 1998 with a focus on local nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of homeless individuals and families. Organizations receiving Change4Charity donations include Compass Housing, Family Support Network, Fare Start, First Place, Mary's Place, ROOTS, Saint Martin de Porres Shelter, and Seattle Night Watch.

Spady added that special donations are included when disasters strike and the program's top months for giving have included the Haitian earthquake in January and February 2010 and relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.

Change4Charity boxes are located at the Wallingford, Broadway, Holman Road, Lake City, Queen Anne Dick's Drive-Ins and soon-to-be new Edmonds restaurant when it opens this fall.

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Dick's Drive-In Heeds the Call of North End Burger Lovers!
Construction begins Thursday on new Edmonds restaurant

Seattle – Burger lovers rejoice! With a backhoe and balloons, Dick Spady, co-founder and namesake of Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., broke ground today at the new site for the first restaurant since 1974. Local dignitaries, Spady family members, and 7 lucky fans helped launch construction for the new Edmonds Dick's Drive-In. The restaurant is scheduled to open in early December at Highway 99 and 220th Street SW.

"We've been welcomed with open arms by the Edmonds community. Now comes the really fun part where we get to watch a new drive-in take shape and become a part of the neighborhood," said Spady, who turns 88 in October, "We can't wait to fire up those new grills, fry up the freshly sliced potatoes and whip up the hand-dipped shakes for all of our local north-end customers."

The winners of the company's latest Facebook "Fab Fan" contest included stories from "malt girl," poetry, 5 generations of family memories, and a daddy's love for his new baby girl, born premature at only 1 pound, 14 ounces. (See the attached Fab Fan winner's list and contest entries.)

Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper added, "This is a wonderful day for Dick's Drive-Ins and for Edmonds. Dick's is an example of the type of business we hope to continue attracting. I'm already thinking about what I'll order as my first Dick's Drive-In meal this December."

"Dick's Drive-Ins has a strong reputation for paying their employees well while also offering good benefits," said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. "Theirs is the kind of business that we support in Snohomish County, not to mention that they have one of the best burgers in the Northwest."

Strom Peterson, Edmonds City Council president, said, "While I am looking forward to my first Edmonds Dick's Deluxe, I know it couldn't have happened without our Economic Development Director, Stephen Clifton, or the continuing work of our city staff to keep this project on schedule. And, yes, I'll have fries with that, and maybe a chocolate shake."

"We join many others in welcoming Dick's Drive-In to Edmonds," said Troy Moore, store manager of the neighboring TOP Food & Drug store. "We have plenty of customers who hope construction goes smoothly and they'll open soon."

The Edmonds property is located on Highway 99 with easy access from Interstate 5 via 220th Street SW. The new drive-in will be close to Edmonds Community College, Swedish Edmonds Hospital, and Edmonds Stadium. The stadium is home field for all of the high schools in the Edmonds School District including Edmonds-Woodway, Lynnwood, Meadowdale, Mountlake Terrace and Scriber Lake.

"We look forward to making new friends along the way and feeding lots of hungry teenagers and their families after a big game," Spady said.

Dick's currently operates five restaurants in Seattle. The original Dick's Drive-In opened in 1954 on Northeast 45th Street in Wallingford; the Capitol Hill Dick's opened in 1955, the Crown Hill Dick's opened in 1960, the Lake City Dick's opened in 1963 and the lower Queen Anne Dick's opened in 1974. The new Dick's in Edmonds will maintain the original restaurant's iconic 1950's look and architecture.

Visit the website at www.dicksdrivein.com

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Dick's Drive-In Heeds the Call of North End Burger Lovers!
Construction begins Thursday on new Edmonds restaurant

Seattle – We've heard your cries, read your stories, followed your Facebook posts, and longed for this day too – it's time for burger fans to rejoice! Dick's Drive-In Restaurants announced today that it has closed on the purchase of the Edmonds property and construction of the new drive-in is set to begin this week. A groundbreaking ceremony with local dignitaries and company co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady is set for:

Thursday, May 19, 10:30 a.m.
NE corner of the TOP Food & Drug store in Edmonds
Highway 99 and 220th Street SW

"It's full steam ahead," said Spady, who turns 88 in October, "building the first restaurant in 37 years is an exciting endeavor and we've been welcomed with open arms by the Edmonds community. Now comes the really fun part where we get to watch a new drive-in take shape and become a part of the neighborhood."

The groundbreaking ceremony is open to the public and burger fans everywhere, and will include the winners of the company's latest Facebook contest. The "Fab Fan" winners will help represent Dick's 154,000 "FB friends" at the event by joining Dick Spady to break ground with the ceremonial shovel.

The new Edmonds Dick's Drive-In is expected to open for business by early December. "We can't wait to fire up those new grills, fry up the freshly sliced potatoes and whip up the hand-dipped shakes for all of our local north-end customers," Spady said.

Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper added, "This is a wonderful day for Dick's Drive-Ins and for Edmonds. Dick's is an example of the type of business we hope to continue attracting. I'm already thinking about what I'll order as my first Dick's Drive-In meal this fall."

"Dick's Drive-Ins has a strong reputation for paying their employees well while also offering good benefits," said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. "Theirs is the kind of business that we support in Snohomish County, not to mention that they have one of the best burgers in the Northwest."

Strom Peterson, Edmonds City Council president, said, "While I am looking forward to my first Edmonds Dick's Deluxe, I know it couldn't have happened without our Economic Development Director, Stephen Clifton, or the continuing work of our city staff to keep this project on schedule. And, yes, I'll have fries with that, and maybe a chocolate shake."

"We join many others in welcoming Dick's Drive-In to Edmonds," said Troy Moore, store manager of the neighboring TOP Food & Drug store. "We have plenty of customers who hope construction goes smoothly and they'll open soon."

The Edmonds property is located on Highway 99 with easy access from Interstate 5 via 220th Street SW. The new drive-in will be close to Edmonds Community College, Swedish Edmonds Hospital, and Edmonds Stadium. The stadium is home field for all of the high schools in the Edmonds School District including Edmonds-Woodway, Lynnwood, Meadowdale, Mountlake Terrace and Scriber Lake.

"We look forward to making new friends along the way and feeding lots of hungry teenagers and their families after a big game," Spady said.

Dick's currently operates five restaurants, all in Seattle. The original Dick's Drive-In opened in 1954 on Northeast 45th Street in Wallingford; the Capitol Hill Dick's opened in 1955, the Crown Hill Dick's opened in 1960, the Lake City Dick's opened in 1963 and the lower Queen Anne Dick's opened in 1974. The new Dick's in Edmonds will maintain the original restaurant's iconic 1950's look and architecture.

Visit the website at www.dicksdrivein.com

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Dick's Burger Blast for Local Veterans and Military Members
Dick's Drive-Ins to honor military service with free hamburgers and cheeseburgers on Veterans Day

Seattle – Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. announced today free hamburgers and cheeseburgers in honor of Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11. Free burgers will be served throughout the day at all five Dick's Drive-In Restaurants to any veteran or active military member as a way to honor past and present military service.

Dick Spady, co-founder and president of Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, is also a veteran of two wars and Dick's Drive-Ins supports the local USO at Sea-Tac Airport and Joint Base Lewis McChord. "I served in the Navy in World War II, the Air Force during the Korean War, and my wife was in the Navy when we met. We both share a deep respect and admiration for our fellow veterans and active military members. They deserve our recognition and gratitude," Spady says.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. until closing on Veterans Day, all veterans and active duty military members who can show any form of military identification or wear their military uniform will receive a free hamburger or cheeseburger at all five Dick's Drive-In Restaurants in Wallingford, Broadway, Holman Road, Lake City, and Queen Anne.

Spady celebrated his 87th birthday in Oct. when the company announced historic plans to build the first new restaurant in 36 years in Edmonds. "We're excited about the new drive-in which will help us to better serve veterans, active military members and our other customers up north with tasty burgers, fries, and shakes," says Spady.

Visit the website at www.dicksdrivein.com

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A new Dick's Drive-In is coming to Edmonds!
Company announces agreement to purchase property from
TOP Food & Drug on Highway 99 and 220th Street SW

Seattle – After a 7 week search, Dick's Drive-In Restaurants announced today that it has reached agreement with the owners of the TOP Food & Drug stores to purchase land in Edmonds to build the first new Dick's Drive-In restaurant in 36 years. The property is located at 21900 Highway 99, in the northeast corner of the TOP Foods parking lot. Plans are to open the new drive-in by late 2011.

"All of the north-end communities have been very welcoming, but we can only build one restaurant at a time," says Jim Spady, vice president of Dick's Drive-Ins and son of co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady. "The Edmonds property is an ideal location on Highway 99 with easy access from Interstate 5 via 220th Street SW." (map)

Spady added the company's experience with the TOP Foods owners has been a plus. "As a family-owned business, we like working with the Haggen family who created what is now the largest, independent grocery store chain in Washington," Spady says.

"We're ecstatic that the Spady family will build the sixth Dick's Drive-In next to our TOP Food & Drug in Edmonds," says Jim Donald, president and CEO of Haggen, Inc. "As a longtime Puget Sound resident who has done a lot of traveling, I haven't found a better hamburger than what I eat at Dick's! We've found this site ideal for serving the community and believe both the new Dick's Drive-In and our TOP Foods store will benefit from being next to each other."

In addition to a Highway 99 location and easy access to I-5, Spady says the property is close to Edmonds Community College and Edmonds Stadium. The stadium is home field for all of the high schools in the Edmonds School District which includes; Edmonds-Woodway, Lynnwood, Meadowdale, Mountlake Terrace and Scriber Lake. "Nothing like hungry teenagers after a football game," Spady says.

"The City of Edmonds is excited to welcome Dick's Drive-Ins to Edmonds," says Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper, "The Spady family's long-standing commitment to good jobs, education, and giving back to the community is just the kind of business we work to attract in our city."

The property purchase is contingent on the successful completion of various feasibility studies and obtaining all of the necessary permits from the City of Edmonds. "Our meetings to date with Edmond's city officials have been very positive. If everything goes well, we should close the sale within 180 days, begin construction in the spring and open the Edmonds Dick's in late 2011," Spady says.

The new site selection process included a customer online poll that resulted in a phenomenal response with over 115,000 people voting whether to locate the new Dick's Drive-In north, south or east of Seattle. After almost 3 weeks of voting, the north region scored highest with 53,810 votes, or 46 percent of the votes cast.

"Although 'north' won the poll, given that there was also strong support for a new Dick's restaurant both south and east of Seattle, we hope to eventually build a new restaurant in each of those areas if the new Edmonds Dick's Drive-In is a success." Spady says.

Today also marks Dick's co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady's 87th birthday.

The original Dick's Drive-In opened in 1954 on Northeast 45th Street in Wallingford. The most recent restaurant built was the Queen Anne Dick's in 1974. The new Dick's in Edmonds will maintain the original restaurant's iconic 1950's look and architecture.

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Dick's Drive-Ins plans to make a major announcement regarding their new restaurant location. A press conference is scheduled as follows:


WHEN: Friday, Oct. 15th 10:00 AM
WHERE: Dick's Drive-In, Wallingford
111 NE 45th Street
Seattle, 98105
Map directions
WHO: Spady family members

Friday also marks Dick's co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady's 87th birthday.

The original Dick's Drive-In opened in 1954 on Northeast 45th Street in Wallingford. The most recent restaurant built was the Queen Anne Dick's in 1974. The new restaurant will be the sixth Dick's Drive-In built since 1954.

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Over 115,000 Dick's Customers Vote in Online Poll!
North Wins with 46 percent, South takes second, East third place
Video contest winners announced - ads pitch favorite cities north

Seattle – After a phenomenal customer response to an online poll, Dick's Drive-In Restaurants announced today plans to focus their search for a new restaurant location within a 20 mile area north of the original Dick's in Wallingford. After almost 3 weeks of voting, the north region, including Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and South Everett scored highest with 53,810 votes, or 46 percent of the 115,524 votes cast. South captured 28 percent, (32,180 votes), and East received 26 percent (30,534 votes). The online poll closed at 10:00 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 19.

"This is an historic time for our family's small business," says Jim Spady, Vice President of Dick's Drive-Ins and son of co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady. "The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and humbling. North received the most votes, and that is where we will now focus our efforts." Spady added, "We want those who voted South and East to know that we heard their voices also. If the new northern Dick's is a success, the next two Dick's Drive-Ins will be built in the South and East regions.

What happens now? "If everything goes smoothly with selecting a new site, securing the building permits and constructing the new restaurant, then we hope to open the new Dick's drive-in late in 2011 or early in 2012," Spady says.

In addition to the strong customer web poll preference to build north, the top video contest winners all pitched northern locations in their 20-second spots.

First place: "The Spoof." A local take on the "What can Brown do for you?" ad with the whiteboard demonstration. We loved the graphics and unexpected twists. Who knew that a single Dick's Drive-In could save the planet and bring back the unicorn? Score one for Everett.

Second place: "The Action Film." What would a burger commercial be without the guys blowing up the hood? Score one for the action flick and for Lynnwood.

Third place tie: "Black Humor." The wilted boutoniere, the unrequited love for Peter Frampton was a 70's flashback we would prefer to forget. It's right up there with polyester suites and Gremlins. Score one for Edmonds.
And; "Dick's Rapper Chicks." Score another for the hood – Edmonds.

The original Dick's Drive-In opened in 1954. The new Dick's drive-in will be the first built in 36 years and will maintain the original restaurant's iconic 1950's look and architecture.

Facebook: http://facebook.com/dicksdrivein
Website: http://dicksdrivein.com

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Dick's Online Customer Poll Crosses 100,000 Vote Threshold
North still leads at 47 percent of voting totals

Seattle -- Crossing a major threshold in an online customer poll, Dick's Drive-In Restaurants announced today that 100,000 people have voted on where to build the next Dick's Drive-In. The milestone vote occurred at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 just in time for dinner. The company plans to extend the customer poll until Sunday, Sept. 19.

Vote breakdown as of Monday, Sept. 13 at 12:30 p.m. (Note: Survey Gizmo does not round up the numbers during the polling)
47 percent (48,438 votes) for North -- Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwod, Edmonds, and South Everett
28 percent (28,297 votes) for South -- West Seattle, South Seattle, Burien, SeaTac, and Tukwila
25 percent (25,098 votes) for East -- Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Bothell, Mercer Island, Issaquah, and Sammamish

"The voting participation has wildly exceeded our expectations," says Jim Spady, vice president of Dick's Drive-In Restaurants and son of co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady. "We are now over the 100,000 and counting, and continue to be amazed by the outpouring of enthusiasm for our new restaurant project. People have been sharing their love for Dick's burgers, shakes, and fries."

Spady says that once the final votes are officially tallied, an announcement will be made along with the winners of the Dick's video contest.

"We take what our customers say to heart, and the online poll winner will be a top consideration as we move the site selection process forward," Spady says. Spady added that he expects an announcement before the end of the year.

The first Dick's Drive-In was founded in 1954, expanding to 5 restaurants in Seattle until 1974 with the Queen Anne Dick's. The new drive-in will be the first built in 36 years and will maintain the restaurant's iconic 1950s look and architecture.

Facebook: http://facebook.com/dicksdrivein
Website: http://dicksdrivein.com

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Dick's Online Customer Poll to Continue Through Sept. 19th
Video contest also extended through next week

Seattle -- Dick's Drive-In Restaurants announced today that the online customer poll on where to build the next Dick's Drive-In will be available until Sunday, Sept. 19. The company is also extending the video contest for the restaurant expansion until Sept. 19.

As of Friday morning, over 96,000 had voted in the Dick's online poll. Hackers infiltrated the poll last week adding over 100,000 extra votes. Safety measures were implemented and the duplicated votes removed.

"We have been humbled by the phenomenal response," says Jim Spady, vice president of Dick's Drive-In Restaurants and son of co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady. "We are excited to hear from our customers who are so passionate about Dick's burgers and fries."

The first Dick's Drive-In was founded in 1954, expanding to 5 restaurants in Seattle until 1974 with the Queen Anne Dick's. The new drive-in will be the first built in 36 years and will maintain the restaurant's iconic 1950s look and architecture.

Details for the video contest include the following:

Theme: Let us know in 20 seconds why we should build a Dick's in your neighborhood?

Keep it FUN, CLEAN and CREATIVE
Post your 20-second spot as a response to the following YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es9Gk2x4F_Y
Deadline is Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 by 5:00 p.m.
Top 3 videos will be posted on the Dick's Drive-In Facebook page

Dick's Drive-In prizes:

1st place -- $100 in Dick's gift certificates, T-shirt
2nd place -- $50 in Dick's gift certificates, T-shirt
3rd place -- $26 in Dick's gift certificates, T-shirts
All winners will receive a signed Dick's memory book from founder Dick Spady

Facebook: http://facebook.com/dicksdrivein
Website: http://dicksdrivein.com

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Dick's Drive-Ins Launches Video Contest for New Restaurant
Calls on customers to help pitch their favorite future location

Seattle - As part of their customer campaign to select a new restaurant location, Seattle's iconic Dick's Drive-In Restaurants announced today a video contest for their fans. Video contest rules include the following:

Theme: Let us know in 20 seconds why we should build a Dick's in your neighborhood?

Keep it FUN, CLEAN and CREATIVE
Post your 20-second spot as a response to the following YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es9Gk2x4F_Y
Deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 by 11:30 p.m.
Top 3 videos will be posted on the Dick's Drive-In Facebook page

Dick's Drive-In prizes:

1st place -- $100 in Dick's gift certificates, T-shirt
2nd place -- $50 in Dick's gift certificates, T-shirt
3rd place -- $26 in Dick's gift certificates, T-shirts
All winners will receive a signed Dick's memory book from founder Dick Spady

Facebook: http://facebook.com/dicksdrivein
Website: http://dicksdrivein.com

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Seattle's Famed Dick's Drive-Ins Announces Historic Expansion
First question - where to build the first new Dick's in 36 years?

Seattle - Where to build the next Dick's Drive-In Restaurant? That is the question. After 36 years and millions of burgers and fries, Seattle's famed Dick's Drive-In Restaurants today announced plans to build a new drive-in somewhere in the Seattle metro area by calling on customers and fans to help select the next location. The expansion is the first new Dick's Drive-In for the company since the Queen Anne Dick's opened in 1974.

"We are very excited to make this historic expansion after 36 years," says Jim Spady, vice president of Dick's Drive-Ins and son of co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady. "And we want to involve our customers and the community, asking everyone to help us find the best location for our next restaurant."

Spady added that an online poll has been setup at DicksDriveIn.com for people to register their top pick for a new location. "We're looking to the north, south and east of our current five Seattle locations to make it more convenient for customers to enjoy our famous burgers, fries, and shakes," Spady says.

Dick's Drive-Ins is known for having the region's highest wages and employee benefits within the fast food industry including college scholarships of up to $18,000 per employee. "Taking care of our employees is one of the key foundations of our business," says Dick Spady, president and co-founder of Dick's. "This community has been so good to us for 56 years. We're grateful to be in a position where we can create more jobs during a time when good jobs are hard to find."

Dick Spady, who turns 87 in October, recalled how great it was to launch a successful business after being repeatedly told by local bankers that he couldn't possibly make a profit selling 19 cent burgers because there were restaurants all over Seattle selling burgers for 30 cents and losing money.

"After 56 years, hiring tens of thousands of employees, and providing over $1 million to our employees in college scholarships, I'm glad we didn't listen to those who told us 'it wouldn't work.' Quality food, served quickly at low prices was a great idea in 1954 and it still is," Dick says.

The first Dick's Drive-In opened on NE 45th Street in Wallingford on January 28th, 1954. Burgers were 19 cents, fries 11 cents, and shakes 21 cents. "Some things have changed," says Spady, "but we still use fresh beef and buns that have never been frozen, we still hand-cut our fries from real potatoes, and we still hand-dip and individually whip our shakes.This tradition of quality will continue at the new restaurant."

"Another change is how our customers communicate," says Spady. "Our Facebook page has over 100,000 friends and continues to grow as an online community passionate about great burgers, fries and shakes."

To join the official Dick's Drive-In Facebook burger community, go to facebook.com/dicksdrivein

To register your top pick for the new restaurant location, go to DicksDriveIn.com and take the instant poll.

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Dick's Drive-Ins Hits 100k Milestone on Facebook

Seattle - Seattle's famed Dick's Drive-In Restaurant announced today that they had reached the milestone of 100,000 Facebook friends on the official Dick's Drive-In Facebook page at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"We're delighted and humbled that so many people are part of the Dick's Drive-In Facebook family," says Jim Spady, vice president for Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, and son of the Dick's co-founder and namesake Dick Spady. "We will do everything we can to continue to deserve your enthusiastic support."

As Seattle's longest operating fast-food restaurant, Spady says that building a Dick's community online has been a fun project for the restaurant. "We're amazed by the loyalty of our customers. Facebook connects Dick's devotees from all over the world including Japan and Australia," says Spady. "We love to see their comments and hear about their cravings."

So what's next? "We'll just keep this online community growing and hope to hit the 200,000 milestone too," Spady says.

If you like Dick's please visit the website DicksDriveIn.com
Or join the Facebook page at facebook.com/dicksdrivein

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Lake City Dick's Drive-In to Reopen April 5
Repairs on-track after crash damages historic restaurant

Seattle - One of Seattle's famed Dick's Drive-In Restaurants plans to reopen for business Monday, April 5 during regular hours from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. The Lake City Dick's, 12325 30th Ave N., Seattle, closed for repairs after sustaining damage when a car crashed into the front of the restaurant on Thursday, March 25. No customers or employees were injured during the crash.

"We're eager and excited to start serving our Lake City customers once again," says Jim Spady, vice president for Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, and son of Dick's co-founder and namesake Dick Spady. "There has been an outpouring of support and we are grateful for such loyal employees and customers who care about the life of the restaurant. It truly is a place to connect for the community." Spady added that employees have continued to receive their regular pay and benefits during the restaurant's closure. "There is a strong sense of family for our employees, and this is just about supporting each other during the ups and downs of life," Spady says.

This is the second longest closure of a Dick's restaurant in the history of the company. The Lake City Dick's also closed in October of 1968 for 4 weeks after a fire broke out in the French fry cooker. Last week's crash damaged the front counter, broke windows, and smashed the original tile on the front wall.

The Lake City restaurant is one of four Dick's Drive-Ins designed by local architect Raymond H. Peck. The Lake City drive-in opened in 1963 to serve the ever-expanding suburbs of Seattle with their baby-boom families. "The 1950s architecture is an important part of the Dick's iconic brand," says Spady, "our repairs to the Lake City drive-in will preserve that nostalgic architecture."

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