Dick's Drive-In is opening a restaurant in the South Sound

Dick's Drive-In is opening a restaurant in the South Sound”

"It was very hard to pick just one victor, but we can only build one restaurant at a time", said Jasmine Donovan, Vice President of Dick's Drive-In and granddaughter of the co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady.

For the first time, a Dick's Drive-In is opening a burger restaurant in a city south of Seattle.

"The Kent property is in a great location on Highway 99, five miles south of Sea-Tac Airport". There were no other Pierce County cities listed on the online poll that determined the future home of a Dick's Drive-In.

Renton and Redmond passed resolutions inviting Dick's to build in their communities. Cool Bird, the mascot of the Kent-based Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team, campaigned for Kent.

"The City of Kent has welcomed us with open arms and we're looking forward to getting it built", Spady said.

"We can only do one restaurant at a time, we're just a family business", Jim Spady said in the Facebook Live video, adding that it's a tough time to be buying property because people want a very high price for that property.

Kent is a bit of a come-from-behind victor, after a potential Dick's site appeared to fall through.

The final purchase is contingent on obtaining any necessary permits from the City of Kent. Construction should begin next spring, she said, and the restaurant should be slinging cheeseburgers, specials and deluxes by the end of next year.

North side residents won the last round of voting in 2011 and saw the chain expand into Edmonds as a result.

Dick's has been a Seattle institution since it first opened on Northeast 45th Street in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood in 1954.

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