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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 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


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

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CONTACT: Jasmine Donovan or Saul Spady:
(206) 321-1045 – Saul Spady; Media Representative
(206) 877-2101 – Jasmine Donovan; Vice-President 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 To register for the Walk-A-Thon go to 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!

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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 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 for a list of all cards accepted and stay tuned on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.

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Seattle Companies Lead The Charge To Ensure NO CHILD SLEEPS OUTSIDE This Winter

Dick’s Drive-In, evo, Vulcan Inc., The Space Needle/Seattle Hospitality Group, Evolution
Projects, and the Harrelson family team together with the Seahawks Women’s
Association to launch a unique online crowdfunding campaign to benefit Mary’s Place
SEATTLE – Nov. 12, 2014 – The weather has turned cold, wet and dark and 550 families, mostly single mothers and children, have no safe place to sleep this winter. The Seahawks Women’s Association and Dick’s have been long-time supporters of Mary’s Place, an organization providing day and night shelter for homeless women, children, and families, but both organizations wanted to do more. This year they are teaming up with Seattle’s leading companies including, evo, The Harrelson family, The Space Needle/Seattle Hospitality Group, Vulcan Inc. and Evolution Projects to launch an online crowdfunding campaign with over $40,000 in initial donations.

The campaign kicks off today, November 12th and runs to December 23rd. Everyone can help ensure that No Child Sleeps Outside this winter just by going to from any mobile device or computer.

The campaign goal of $250,000 will allow Mary’s Place to quickly open a crisis-response winter night shelter to bring inside more Seattle families without a safe, dry warm place to sleep. Donations of any size are welcome.

“We cannot imagine our children or grandchildren being forced to sleep outside and we want to do everything we can to make sure all Seattle families have a warm place to sleep this winter,” said Jim Spady, Vice President of Dick’s Drive-In. “Together, we can move homeless Seattle families out of encampments, doorways, and cars and into safe, emergency shelter.”

“Our employees are committed to giving back to the community and we love the idea of using a unique tool like crowdfunding to tackle a problem like homelessness,” said Pearl Leung, Sr. Community Relations Manager at Vulcan. “This campaign is both innovative and inclusive because anyone can donate – you don’t have to attend an event and you can forward it to friends, family and colleagues.”

“We are a young company with young employees looking for a way to give back to our community in new ways,” said Bryce Phillips, Founder of evo. “An online campaign like this that addresses the important issue of homelessness in our own backyard is a great fit for evo and we’re excited to be able to make a difference.”

“We are women helping women, families helping families,” said Kelli Schnieder, of the Seahawks Women’s Association. “Seattle is a city of incredible passion and when we work together, we can do amazing things, like make sure every child and family has safe shelter.”

“The Space Needle and the Seattle Hospitality Group are pleased to partner with this diverse group of local Seattle businesses who have come together to create a significant impact on family homelessness,” said H.S. Wright III, founder of the SHG. “We’ve been supporters of Mary’s Place for many years and look forward to helping them bring families inside this winter.”

“My family has called Seattle home since 1979 and we have seen our city grow, and prosper during that time, but we’ve also seen an increase in the numbers of those who are homeless” said business leader Stan Harrelson. “This is the right time for us to come together to help those who are outside during this cold winter season, and we are honored to play a role in making that happen in our community.”

About Mary’s Place:

Mary’s Place empowers homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives by providing day and night shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. The organization serves over 160 women and children every day who come to their door for basic needs and safety.

Media Contact:

Katy Sutta, Communications Director, Mary’s Place
Phone: 206-621-8474

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Join the Dick’s Charity Walk-A-Thon To Help the Homeless

Dick’s Drive-In Restaurant is proud to announce the 4th Annual Dick’s Drive-In Walk-A-Thon this Sunday, September 7th!

Join us for 1 Day, 6 Dick’s Drive-In locations & 22 Miles as we walk and raise money to support our Change for Charity partners helping the homeless in our community.

If you don’t want to walk, you can still help by making a Change for Charity donation at any Dick’s Drive-In Restaurant. In honor of all our Walk-A-Thon attendees Dick’s pledges to match up to $2,000 of all donations given to our Change for Charity boxes on Sunday, September 7th!

Interested walkers are encouraged to gather at the Edmonds Dick’s Drive-In location at 10:30AM as we embark on a trek across Seattle to support our Change for Charity partners: Mary’s Place, First Place School, FareStart, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, The Compass Center, Operation Nightwatch, St. Martin de Porres Shelter and Cocoon House.

Those walkers who make a $20+ donation at Edmonds will receive a punch card to take to each store and an orange t-shirt to wear on the trek. If you want to join us along the way follow updates on Twitter & Facebook to find the walk! Here’s the estimated schedule:

Edmonds – Depart at 10:35 AM
Lake City – 1:15 PM
Holman Rd – 3 PM
Wallingford – 4:25 PM
Broadway – 6:15 PM
Queen Anne – 7:15 PM

The Dick’s Drive-In Walk-A-Thon was originally started as the ultimate urban hike by Ballard High School graduates Lars Phillips & JP Osseward 3 years ago. We’re proud to officially team with and support this event alongside our awesome fans!

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Calling all 2014 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 19th 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 22 years. 80% of current Dick’s employees have either used or are using the scholarship program. To qualify, employees must work at least 20 hours a week while in college.

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’sFacebook page 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 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 onlyDick’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.

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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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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 sixDick’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 Motoponyand 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

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 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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