Last week a cultural icon, an innovator, and a hero died. Sadly, I'm not talking about Bowie (RIP, Starman), but about Dick Spady, the man who opened and ran Dick's Drive-In. The man behind those orange signs, the man behind the burger you shoved in your inebriated maw at 2am, the man who paid fair wages to employees and supported the community since 1954. Spady, it's fair to say, was a downright burger -- and business -- phenomenon.
These days, there are many great burgers around town. Newcomers are often mystified about why the locals are so committed to Dick's -- they aren’t the fanciest, nor the most creative, nor the highest quality. They are, however, cheap, fresh, reliable, and always there for you when you need them. That's why any real Seattleite will totally relate to these eight times you needed Dick's -- and it was there for you.