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.