Dick’s Drive-In founder Dick Spady dies at age 92

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Dick's Drive-in founder Dick Spady joined family members as he cuts the ribbon for the new Edmonds Dick's in October 2011. (File photo by Char Blankenship)
Dick’s Drive-in founder Dick Spady joined family members as he cuts the ribbon for the new Edmonds Dick’s in October 2011. (File photo by Char Blankenship)

Our online news partner The Seattle Times reports that Dick Spady, the namesake and co-founder of beloved local burger chain Dick’s Drive-In, died early Sunday at the age of 92.

“It’s been a good life. I’m very fortunate,” Spady told The Seattle Times on his 90th birthday in October 2013 at the original Dick’s location in Wallingford. He celebrated by handing out birthday cake and signing autographs for fans grateful for decades of burgers and fries.

Spady opened the Wallingford restaurant on Jan. 28, 1954. The Broadway location came next in 1955, followed by  Holman Road (1960), Lake City (1963) and Queen Anne (1974). After more than 115,000 people voted in an online poll, Edmonds was selected as the site for the most recent addition to the chain. It opened on Highway 99 near 220th Street Southwest to much fanfare in 2011, as the first new Dick’s in nearly four decades.

You can read the complete Times story here.

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