Fans of Dick’s Drive-In who live on the eastside rejoice: The iconic local burger joint announced Thursday that it plans to open a new restaurant later this year at the Crossroads Shopping Center.
The burger chain, known for keeping it classically simple, unveiled the new site during a news conference attended by a host of restaurant officials and local dignitaries.
Officials said the exact opening date will depend on how fast the company can complete the set-up work, which is likely to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We hope to be open by the end of 2021," said Jasmine Donovan, president of the fast food chain and granddaughter of the namesake Dick Spady. "It really depends on the permitting process and the construction process in the world of COVID-19.”
The restaurant began asking its customers last September about where the chain should open a new location. Fans were able to send the company potential sites, voting with their feet whenever the ever-roaming Dick’s Food Truck visited their cities.
The new Bellevue site will be similar to existing locations and will allow customers to walk up to service windows on the outside of the building.
The restaurant in Bellevue marks a return of sorts for the chain.
"It will be wonderful to be back in Bellevue again after almost 50 years,” Donovan said.
“Dick Spady was a long-time resident of Bellevue, and a friend, who tirelessly engaged community members to facilitate broad civic engagement throughout King County,” Councilmember Conrad Lee said in a release. “Dick’s Drive-In is not only known for good food at low prices but for investing in its employees and the community. Bellevue welcomes Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants at the new location at Crossroads that represents the return to the City of Bellevue after 50 years.”
City officials said they were pleased by the announcement.
"I am pleased to welcome Dick’s Drive-In back to the Eastside!” said Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson. “The new restaurant location will be right at home in the thriving Crossroads neighborhood of Bellevue. Like many others in the community, I look forward to enjoying some classic burgers, fries and shakes with family and friends.”