Redmond passes resolution Dick’s Drive-In to locate in Redmond | EvergreenStateNews
March 21, 2017
Redmond – The Redmond City Council will consider a resolution tonight encouraging Dick’s Drive-In to open its seventh restaurant within the City of Redmond.
Dick’s Drive-In has been running a contest on their website for fans to help decide whether they will seek to locate their next restaurant on the Eastside or in the South End of the Puget Sound region.
Redmond’s proposed resolution would be the first city to explicitly urge Dick’s Drive-In to consider their city. Redmond has one of the highest per capita incomes in Washington State and is rapidly densifying its downtown. While Dick’s locations are typically drive-in restaurants, this may be an opportunity to locate in an urban setting where walk-ability has been encouraged with improvements to sidewalks and crossings, addition of a downtown park and the completion of the Redmond Central Connector trail.
Dick’s previously had a location in Bellevue, but closed it in 1974 after 9 years in operation but has not had an Eastside location since.
In 2010, Edmonds won a company-sponsored contest to be the site of the next Dick’s Drive-In.
Dick’s serves burgers, shakes, fries and sodas and was voted “the most life-changing burger joint in America” in an Esquire.com poll in 2012.
Founder Dick Spady, a Navy veteran of WWII and graduate of Oregon State University of Mercer Island passed away in 2016 at the age of 92. The family still runs day-to-day operations with son Jim Spady presiding over the local, iconic burger empire.
Update: The resolution passed unanimously.