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Dick’s Drive-In Customers Donate Over 1,000 Burger Boxes for Hospital Heroes in under Four Days – That’s a Lot of Burger Love!

Dick’s Drive-In customers purchased over 1,000 boxes of burgers to donate to local hospitals and fire stations in less than four days. The local restaurant and its long-time key suppliers, Macdonald Meats and Franz Bakeries, are matching those donations and sending over 2,000 boxes to Hospital Heroes and first responders on the frontlines of the battle against the Corona virus.

“We knew our customers wanted to help,” said Jasmine Donovan, President of Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants and granddaughter of the namesake Dick Spady. “It is amazing how much love they are sending!”

“Employees at Seattle based MacDonald Meat Company are proud to be a partner of Dick’s Drive-In and honored to help support the community in such an impactful way,” said Josh Melnick, Executive Vice President of MacDonald Meat Company, Inc. “Seattle’s healthcare workers are the real heroes and we hope to bring some joy to them during this time.”

Franz Family Bakeries has been a local bakery serving the Pacific Northwest since 1906. “We say that it’s a family affair at Franz Bakery,” said Todd Fultz, Account Executive at Franz. “We are proud to support the local community and our community members working on the front line.”

On Friday, April 3rd, Dick’s Drive-In announced on social media and with signs at their restaurants that customers could purchase a box of 24 burgers for Hospital Heroes. The beloved local restaurant chain would deliver those boxes to local hospitals and match up to 500 boxes. By Saturday, customers had already purchased over 500 boxes.

On Sunday, Dick’s announced it would expand the match to 1,000 boxes and would include deliveries to first responders at fire stations as well. By Monday afternoon, over 1,000 boxes were donated. The team at Dick’s is working with hospitals and fire stations around their 7 locations to distribute all of that burger love. “We are sold out for now,” said Donovan. “And we are so excited to get those burgers out there as quickly as possible.”

Dick’s Drive-In has served Seattle area customers for over 66 years. The local, family-owned restaurant chain serves burgers made with fresh, never-frozen high-quality beef on locally made buns, fries that are hand-cut from real Washington potatoes and shakes that are hand-dipped and individually whipped. The company is equally well known for investing in their employees with the best pay and benefits in the industry and as well as for their support of the local community.

Longest Serving Dick’s Drive-In Employee Celebrates 40 Years with the Company

Seattle – On Thursday June 6th, 2019, Pam Rall will celebrate 40 years working for Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants. She is the longest serving employee in company history. Originally hired to work at the Queen Anne location near the Space Needle, she has worked at many of the Seattle restaurants and has been the Day Manager at the Queen Anne location since 1999.

On Pam’s first day in 1979, the Dick’s on Queen Anne Ave was only four years old. The Deluxe and Special burgers were new menu items and the Sonics still played at Key Arena.“Onmy first day, the manager asked me to‘openone of the windows,’” she recounts.“Isaid‘excuseme sir, but I didn’t think the windows in the dining room actually open.’ Then I learned he meant to open the cash register and serve customers.” Queen Anne was the first Dick’s Drive-In restaurant that had indoor seating and not the traditional drive-in look with windows to serve customers.
Hired by one of the three original partners, Warren Ghormley, she distinctly remembers her interview with him at the main office.“It was at the end of the day and he kept checking things from the manual to talk to me about,” she shared.“Atone point I said‘Sir,are we going to be done soon, because the Sonics are playing tonight and I’d like to get home to see the game.’ He said“The Game!” and promptly ended the interview, leaving it to his assistant to close the office for the day.” That was the night the Sonics won the NBA Championship. 
40 years later she is serving Deluxes, Fries and Shakes to customers in the shadow of Key Arena, now under renovationto play host to the NHL team coming to Seattle in 2022. Much has changed in the city she’s called home, but her commitment to Dick’s high standards of customer service and food quality has not waivered. She has mentored hundreds of young people who have started their careers at Dick’s in her position as a Day Manager. And she has served countless delicious memories to thousands of customers. Pam also raised two daughters,“Anda husband,” as she likes to say. They also live in Seattle. 
“I just love working for this company,” said Pam.“Customers want good food and quick service and low prices as much as they did when I started. That hasn’t changed. And they take good care of their people.”
“It is amazing to think that Pam started serving great food and making memories with customers before I was born,” said Jasmine Donovan, President of Dick’s Drive-In and granddaughter of one of the three original founders, Dick Spady.“Weare honored that she continues to commit her time and energy to ensuring our customers get instant service and great food every day. It‘s just one of many examples that the value we provide to customers and employees is not‘old-fashioned,’it’s timeless.”
Queen Anne was the last Dick’s Drive-In location built by the original three partners. In the early 1990’s Dick Spady and his family bought out the other two original partners. In 2011, with a lot of customer participation in site selection, they opened the first new location in 37 years in Edmonds. In December, 2018 Dick’s opened another new location in Kent. 
Pam Rall Original Employee Photo June 6th 1979.
Photo Credit: Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants
Any media interested in interviewing Pam Rall may do so on Thursday, June 6th from 11AM to 11:30AM at the Queen Anne Dick’s Drive-Ins 500 Queen Anne Ave N Seattle WA 98109. Please e-mail jasmine@ddir.com or call(206)877-2101 with questions.

Dick’s Drive-In & Doordash join together to support PNW bands at SXSW.

[Austin Texas, March 11-16]

For the third year in a row, Dick’s Drive-In is featuring local bands on their own live stage at SXSW.  Bands include The Spider Ferns, Terrance Brown, Healr, General Mojo’s, Spencer Shangrow, Dirty Dirty, Scarlet Parke, Cumulus, Pale Mountain, Trick Candles, Merrily James, Harrison B, La Fonda, and All Star Opera.

Experience the next level of Seattle music & technology as Seattle icon Dick’s Drive-In hits the road to SXSW alongside local Seattle musicians.  For the third year in a row artists will gather as we create the Seattle House @ SXSWa music experience exclusively for PNW musicians, artists & creators. Performances will be broadcasted on the 12th-16that 5pm and 7pm (PST) from to the Dick’sDrive-In Facebook page.

“At Dick’sdrive in we’re incredibly proud to support our artists and musical community by going to SXSW” says Saul Spady, “We want to support our local musicians as they reach out beyond our community and many of our local budding musicians come to SWSW with no support.  So I had the idea to build an experience for our community and then broadcast it back to Seattle. Dick’s Drive-In knows the music community has always depended on a delicious burger, good fries, and cold shakes after a show.”

Past artists include Seatte Symphony musician Nathan Chan, Manatee Commune, Gifted Gab, La Fonda, Monster Watch, All Star Opera, Plastic Picnic, Lion’s Ambition and more.

 

Links:

Click Here  and Here for 2018 live streamed performances from SXSW.

Click Here for a recap of our visit to SXSW 2018.

Dick’s Drive-Ins Opens in Kent on Wednesday morning!

King County – Dick’s is ready to open its first ever drive-in south of Seattle, after the “south” region won the customer vote for its 7th restaurant. The grand opening festivities begin at 10:00 AM this Wednesday, December 12th.

​​Join the celebration including: high school bands, bag pipes, ribbon cutting, a pop-up swag store and more. Kent Mayor Dana Ralph, King County Council members Von Reichbauer, Upthegrove, Dembowski, Coolbird (the Seattle Thunderbirds’ mascot), Highline College President Dr. John Mosby, and of course the 12 winners of Dick’s Orange Ticket contest will help us cut the ribbon to open the new restaurant!

​​ “We’re so excited to open!” says Jasmine Donovan, Executive Vice President of Dick’s Drive-In and granddaughter of its co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady. “For our fans in south King County we know it’s been a long wait and we thank you for your patience. We also want to thank everyone at the City of Kent for all of their hard work in helping us reach this milestone, as well as our fantastic construction team.”

​​The ceremony includes performances by the Thomas Jefferson High School and Kennedy Catholic High School bands and the King County Firefighters Pipes and Drums.

​​“We know from the enthusiasm on social media that many of our customers are excited to join the celebration,” says Donovan.  In addition to the bands, VIP’s, and inaugural burgers, fries and shakes, the event will include the Agitator Hydroplane and crew from nearby Steve Huff motorsports, a Dick’s pop-up apparel store, artist Jen Clement creating Orange Ticket replicas for sale, and music by Meglados Music.

​​To ensure that everyone will have a chance to enjoy a burger, fry and shake during the opening days, order quantities will be limited per customer. Please check information at the store daily.

​​When Dick’s announced in March 2017 that they wanted to open a 7th location, once again they asked their fans to decide where to build it.  The online customer poll resulted in over 170,000 votes.  On March 27th, 2017, the company announced the south region had won with 60% of the vote. On April 3rd, 2018, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to officially begin construction of the new restaurant.​​

​​The original Dick’s Drive-In location opened in January 1954 on NE 45th street in Wallingford. The new restaurant will open on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 serving south King County and everyone traveling past the Kent-Des Moines exit on I-5 and nearby Highway 99.

​​Dick’s new Kent restaurant is located at 24220 Pacific Highway South, about 5 miles south of SeaTac airport and close to Highline College. The crew of the new Dick’s Drive-In includes many local students, who have been training at Seattle locations since May, as well as some veteran employees who are lending a hand during the opening weeks.

DDIR Kent Groundbreaking Ceremony!

Construction Begins on the new Dick’s Drive-In in Kent with ground breaking ceremony!

King County – On Tuesday, April 3rd at 11:30AM members of the Spady family, Dick’s Drive-Ins employees, the Mayor of the City of Kent and five memory fan winners will break ground on the new Dick’s Drive-In’s in Kent, located 24220 Pacific Highway South, in the Midway shopping center, next to Lowe’s. 

“We’re so excited to begin construction,” says Jasmine Donovan, Executive Vice President of Dick’s Drive-In and granddaughter of the co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady. “For our fans in south King County we know it’s been a long wait and we thank you for your patience. We want to thank everyone at the City of Kent for all of their hard work in helping us reach this milestone.”

“It’s a great day for our company! We look forward to bringing great food and great first-time jobs to the communities of south King County with the opening of this new location in the fall,” said Jim Spady, President of Dick’s Drive-In and son of Dick Spady.

“Dick’s Drive-in has been a Seattle icon since the 1950s. We are beyond excited that the Dick’s family has chosen Kent as its next location, and we are honored to be a part of today’s event. I am sure the entire Kent community joins me in welcoming Dick’s to Kent’s West Hill. We can’t wait to order our first Dick’s Deluxe burger and fries so close to home, and we wish you many years of success!” – Mayor Dana Ralph, City of Kent

When Dick’s announced last March that they wanted to open a seventh location, once again they let their fans decide where to go. The new site selection process included an online customer poll that resulted in over 170,000 votes, 100,000 of which came in the first 24 hours. On March 27th, 2017, the company announced on Facebook Live that the south region had won with 60% of the vote.

When it came down to finding the right site, Dick’s Drive-In enlisted the help of a great team from the Kidder Matthews’ Tacoma office, Jeff Kraft and Cramer Foster.

The original Dick’s Drive-In location opened in the 1954 on NE 45th street in Wallingford. The most recent restaurant built was the Edmonds location which opened in 2011 after a similar customer poll directed the company to find property to the north of Seattle. The new location in Kent will maintain the original restaurant’s iconic 1950’s look and architecture.

We are also excited that Highline Community College student body president Vanessa Primer and Cool Bird will be joining us.  Click HERE for our announcement video and a video of the Thunderbirds’ mascot campaigning for Dick’s Drive-In to open its next location in Kent.

 

Media Advisory: It’s finally here: The announcement of the south location!

Dick’s Drive-In is making a major announcement regarding our new restaurant location. A press conference is scheduled as follows:

When: Thursday, September 7th 10:00AM

Where: Dick’s Drive-In location in Wallingford: 111 NE 45th St, Seattle WA 98105

The original Dick’s Drive-In opened in 1954 on Northeast 45th Street in Wallingford. The most recent restaurant built was the Edmonds location, which opened in 2011. The new restaurant will be the seventh Dick’s Drive-In. For all current locations go to www.ddir.com/locations

Check out Facebook for our location announcement video Facebook.com/DicksDriveIn

Dick’s Drive-In website back up and running after crashing yesterday morning. Over 100 thousand votes in 24 hours.

Seattle – Dick’s Drive-In announced yesterday plans to build a new restaurant either east or south of their current locations. They called on customers to help select the next location online at www.ddir.com. Seconds after the announcement, thousands of eager customers went to their website to vote, and it couldn’t handle the volume.

Twenty-four hours after the announcement, the site is back up and running and over 100,000 votes have been cast. Currently, the South region is in the lead.

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love,” says Jim Spady, President of Dick’s Drive-Ins and son of co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady. “We’d love to build in both regions right away, but we are a small family business and we have to pick one. It’s wonderful that so many of our customers want to help us choose where we build next.”

“We’ve transitioned to a new server and should be able to handle the volume now,” says Jasmine Donovan, Vice President. “Bring on the votes and the keep the e-mails coming.” She reports that the company has received over a thousand e-mails with location suggestions.

The poll will be open for about three weeks. Stay tuned on Facebook for voting updates.

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 over the years,” says Spady, “but we still use fresh, never-frozen beef and buns, we still hand-cut our fries from real potatoes, and we still hand-dip and individually whip our shakes. Our tradition of quality food, instant service, taking care of our employees and investing in our communities will continue as we grow.”

Dick’s Drive-In is known for having the highest wages and benefits in the local fast food industry including offering $25,000 college scholarships for all employees working at least 20 hours a week. For more information on Dick’s wages and benefits go to www.ddir.com/employment.

 

 

To vote East or South go to www.ddir.com. Limit 2 votes per email.

 

To stay up to date on all Dick’s Drive-In news “Like” the official Dick’s Drive-In Facebook page at  facebook.com/dicksdrivein

 

CONTACT: Jasmine Donovan or Saul Spady:

(206) 321-1045 – Saul Spady; Media Representative

(206) 877-2101 – Jasmine Donovan; Vice-President Dick’s Drive-In

Dick’s Drive-In to open new location. You decide: East or South?

Seattle – Dick’s Drive-In announced today plans to build a new restaurant either east or south of their current locations. They are calling on customers to help select the next location online at www.ddir.com. The expansion is the first new restaurant for the company since the Edmonds Dick’s Drive-In opened in October of 2011.

“Five years ago, when the north region won our 2010 poll, we promised our customers that we would continue to expand east and south if our north location was a success,” says Jim Spady, President of Dick’s Drive-Ins and son of co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady. “Opening our location in Edmonds was an incredible experience and we’re very happy to ask our customers to again help us decide where we build next!”

“As a family business, we are thrilled to expand opportunities for more families to make memories with us,” says Jasmine Donovan, Vice President and Jim Spady’s daughter. “It shouldn’t be just Seattle kids like my two young sons who have their first french fry at Dick’s.”

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 over the years,” says Spady, “but we still use fresh, never-frozen beef and buns, we still hand-cut our fries from real  potatoes, and we still hand-dip and individually whip our shakes. Our tradition of quality food, instant service, taking care of our employees and investing in our communities will continue as we grow.”

Dick’s Drive-In is known for having the highest wages and benefits in the local fast food industry including offering $25,000 college scholarships for all employees working at least 20 hours a week. For more information on Dick’s wages and benefits go to www.ddir.com/employment.

 

To vote East or South go to www.ddir.com. Limit 2 votes per email.

To stay up to date on all Dick’s Drive-In news “Like” the official Dick’s Drive-In Facebook page at  facebook.com/dicksdrivein

CONTACT: Jasmine Donovan or Saul Spady:
(206) 321-1045 – Saul Spady; Media Representative
(206) 877-2101 – Jasmine Donovan; Vice-President Dick’s Drive-In

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A FALL SUNDAY IN SEATTLE WHEN THE HAWKS HAVE A BYE? GO FOR A WALK, GRAB A BURGER AND #ROUNDUP FOR CHARITY AT DICK’S DRIVE-IN!

Seattle – On Sunday, October 9th BOTH Gravity Payments and Dick’s Drive-In will match all RoundUp for Charity donations made by Dick’scustomers, up to $5,000. That means together we could raise $15,000 for our partner charities in ONE DAY! Just go to your nearest Dick’s Drive-In and say “RoundUp for Charity” when you order.

On the same day, join us for the 6th Annual Dick’s Drive-In Walk-A-Thon! Walk alongside local leaders and celebrities as they lead individual legs between all 6 Dick’s Drive-In locations and raise money for our Charity Partners:

  • Executive Producer of Digital Media for Kiro7 News (and former Dick’s crewmember), Casey McNerthney will kick off the walk, leading us from Edmonds to Lake City.
  • Executive Director of Mary’s Place, Marty Hartman will take us from Lake City to Holman Road.
  • Don’t miss your chance to hang out with “the Hipster” from the recent Dick’s Drive-In commercial, Saul Spady between Holman Rd and 45th.
  • The Gravity Payments team will lead the group from 45th to Broadway.
  • Our favorite new edition to the Hawks team, C.J. Procise will anchor our fantastic relay, walking from Broadway to Queen Anne.

For more information on the Walk-A-Thon please go to https://www.facebook.com/events/111667855962067/. To register for the Walk-A-Thon go to ddir.com/store. Thanks to our event sponsor, Avier Wealth Advisors, your entire $20 registration fee goes directly to Dick’s Drive-Ins’ Change for Charity partners. All participants get a t-shirt and the opportunity to walk with local celebrities and community leaders.

Whether you walk one leg, form a relay team with friends or just grab a burger and RoundUP for Charity, you’ll be helping the homeless in our community and having a great time too!

Visit the website at www.dicksdrivein.com for amazing Dick’s Drive-In memories!
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Cashless in Seattle? Dick’s to accept credit cards by September 2016

Seattle & Edmonds – After 62 years of accepting only cash, Dick’s Drive-In will also be accepting credit and debit cards at all locations by September 2016.

“The only reason people still carry cash in this city is to eat at Dick’s Drive-In,” says Jim Spady, president of Dick’s Drive-Ins. “Many of our customers have asked us to please start accepting credit and debit cards and one of the last major decisions my Dad made was to start us on this path.”

“Moving from cash only to accepting credit and debit cards has been a long process with many challenges. It began over two years ago. We had to replace all of our registers and update all of our systems. “

One of the biggest challenges was how to continue Dick’s Change for Charity program. Dick’s customers have generously donated $1.4 million to their homeless charity partners over the last 18 years. Charities including Mary’s Place, FareStart, Operation Nightwatch and others serving the homeless (see ddir.com/giving for the full list) have come to depend on the regular generosity of Dick’s customers. Eventhough for many customers the physical “change” will be gone, customers can continue to support Change for Charity by Rounding Up for Charity!

Over the next month Dick’s will be testing new equipment at several locations and plans to be accepting credit and debit cards as well as Apple Pay at all six locations by September 2016. See ddir.com/payments for a list of all cards accepted and stay tuned on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.

Visit the website at www.dicksdrivein.com for amazing Dick’s Drive-In memories!
Join the conversation and fun on Facebook and Twitter
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