Call it a comeback, of sorts. Decades after Dick’s Drive-In left Bellevue, the classic fast food chain will return to open a new location at the Crossroads Shopping Center in 2021. The announcement comes during the burger joint’s current food truck tour, which has made stops in the neighborhood, while also soliciting feedback from fans on where it should set up shop. It will be the 67 year-old franchise’s eighth restaurant in the region.
Dick’s started out in Wallingford in 1954 and began expanding its empire in 60s. There actually was a Bellevue location from 1967 to 1974, but it closed right before the chain opened its Queen Anne outpost. The restaurants have since grown at a steady pace, with five locations in Seattle, one in Kent, and one in Edmonds. After it opened its Kent spot, the franchise promised that the Eastside would be considered for the next restaurant, and it confirmed that plan recently.
The new place plans to open by the end of the year, but the timeline will depend on the permitting process and other variables during the pandemic. According to the company’s statement, Dick’s Bellevue will look “almost identical” to existing locations, with service windows on the exterior of the building. The menu should also be largely the same, with its famed deluxe burgers (recently replicated by acclaimed JuneBaby chef Edouardo Jordan), shakes, and fries.
“On behalf of the City of Bellevue, 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.”