Dick Spady, founder of Dick's Drive In, dies at 92

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    Celebrating his 90th birthday in October 2013, Spady thanked his workers - who enjoy pay and benefits exceptional in that industry - and the customers who continue to line up for Deluxes, specials, milkshakes and fries with cash in hand.

    "We wouldn't have lasted a week, let alone 60 years without you!" Spady said then. "Ever since we opened our doors on Jan. 28, 1954, you've embraced us with your support and loyalty."

    Spady went on to thank his wife of 60 years, Ina Lou, and remark on the remarkable region his restaurants have seasoned.

    "I would like to say thank you to all the people who share this beautiful place we call home," Spady said. "We are all blessed to be able to live here, for as much time as God allows."

    In the years after starting in Wallingford, Spady opened restaurants on Capitol Hill, Crown Hill, Lake City and lower Queen Anne. He opened in Edmonds in 2011.

    Burgers and fries aside, Dick's is known for providing workers with college tuition help. Spady gave heavily to the regional Boys & Girls Club as well, having launched civic programs on his own as well.
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  • Dick's is, and always will be, my first stop after landing at SeaTac.

    Speaking as a Seatte native who has moved out of the area, Dick's IS Seattle.
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  • A local legend, who believed in treating his employees well, what a concept.

    RIP Mr. Spady!
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  • Sports Hernia wrote:A local legend, who believed in treating his employees well, what a concept.

    RIP Mr. Spady!

    A dying concept I'm afraid.

    RIP
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  • Basis4day wrote:Dick's is, and always will be, my first stop after landing at SeaTac.

    Speaking as a Seatte native who has moved out of the area, Dick's IS Seattle.


    Same here. Haven't lived in Seattle for a decade, but never go back (or drive past) without a Deluxe, Fry, & Chocolate Shake :th2thumbs:
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  • Been many a times over the years. Good food and great place to hang out.

    RIP Dick. We need more guys like you.
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  • Every Dick has it's day.
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