Kent announced as winner of newest Dick's Drive-In
KENT, Wash. -- Get ready Kent, a Dick's Drive-In is coming to you.
After much anticipation, the local iconic hamburger chain announced its seventh location Thursday. The Kent restaurant will be five miles south of Sea-Tac Airport on Highway 99 a half mile south of the intersection with the Kent-Des Moines highway and very close to Highline College in Des Moines.
Dick's President Jim Spady, son of the late founder Dick Spady, said it will be part of an 8-acre vacant lot near a current Lowe's store and will sit on the parcel that is right next to Highway 99.
"This (parcel) came on our radar screen about a month ago," Spady said. "We think it's perfect and a good fit for us, and the city of Kent welcomed us with open arms and were really looking forward to getting this restaurant built."
The choice comes after Dick’s asked voters to decide earlier this year what area they would like the new restaurant to be in - either east or south. After more than 170,000 votes were cast, voters decided south of Seattle with about 60 percent of the votes.
"Obviously, we're excited to have an iconic burger place in Kent like Dick's -- it's amazing," said Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke. "It gives our residents a boost to experience a Dick's without having to go very far from home. We're thrilled."
The new location will break ground either late in 2017 or early 2018 with an opening likely in the fall of 2018.
Several South King County towns lobbied to have the restaurant.
Where to next? The Eastside.
"The next restaurant will be on the Eastside because we promised the Eastsiders we would build one to the north...and then south won (the vote between south and east) so east is next," Spady said. "After that, we could go north, south or east so we'll just have to see."
Spady says attention will turn to Eastside specifics once the Kent restaurant is up and running.
"We're going to grow slow and steady," Spady said. "We've been around for 63 years and we want to make sure we're around for another 63 years."