Dick’s Drive-In to open new location in Federal Way

May 2, 2022, 1:36 PM
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Dick’s Drive-In is opening its ninth restaurant in Federal Way in 2023, according to a company announcement. The restaurant will be located at The Commons along Pacific Highway South.

“We are thrilled to announce our next location,” said Jasmine Donovan, president of Dick’s Drive-Ins, in a press release. “When we searched for our first location in South King County, we loved every city and community we visited and wished we could open a location in all of them. It’s very exciting to share that we will soon be creating delicious memories in Federal Way.”

How does Dick’s Drive-In pay workers $19 an hour with a menu completely under $5?

It is unclear when specifically the restaurant will open in 2023, as the opening is dependent on the permitting and construction process, according to Donovan.

The goal for the Federal Way location is to serve as the “sister store” for the location in Kent, allowing customers to enjoy multiple options south of Dick’s Seattle locations.

“This iconic local restaurant has such a deep history in our community and will perfectly complement our growing line-up of exciting new stores and restaurants,” said Heather Beal, managing director at Merlone Geier.

Merlone Geier Partners currently owns The Commons Mall property.

The Federal Way location will open the opportunity for approximately 50 jobs, according to Donovan.

“Some people have wondered why we would continue to grow with all the uncertainty we face right now,” Donovan said. “We are proud of the jobs we provide and want to provide more opportunity to people, especially during these challenging times.”

The minimum wage at Dick’s in Kent is $19 per hour and the Federal Way location hopes to match this income, according to the company. Among other benefits, the company offers a $28,000 education scholarship for all employees working at least 20 hours per week.

Dick’s Drive-In brings back 19 cent burgers for belated anniversary celebration

In 2018, Dick’s opened its first South King County restaurant in Kent after customers voted for a location south of Seattle.

Dick’s Drive-Ins serves a limited menu of burgers made from “fresh-never-frozen” USA-certified Angus ground beef on fresh, locally-made buns, as well as hand-cut fries from Washington potatoes and hand-dipped, individually whipped milkshakes.

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Dick’s Drive-In to open new location in Federal Way