1. Dick's didn't start selling the Special and the Deluxe until 1971
For the first 17 years, it was just (astonishingly cheap) hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries, shakes, and ice cream.
2. When they opened in 1954, there was only one other fast-food restaurant in Seattle
But the food service industry is sink or swim, and despite what you might expect, Gil’s -- a fish & chips shop -- couldn't do the latter and had to close.