Before Dick's, It Was Day's

Have you been to the new Dick's yet? Glad Edmonds finally has a classic burger drive-in? Well, surprise! Dick's isn't the first. Back in the 1960s you'd grab your date, set the radio to KJR and head for Day's at Sixth and Main for your burger fix.

It was 1966.

Lyndon Johnson was in the White House. It was the year cigarette packs started carrying health warnings, the first episode of Star Trek aired on TV and Simon and Garfunkel burst on the national scene with "Sounds of Silence." The Beatles released Yesterday and Today and Revolver. Pampers created the first disposable diaper, and a gallon of gasoline cost 32 cents.

In Edmonds, the , a relic from the 1960 Seattle World's Fair, served as a yacht sales center on the waterfront. The City Council approved construction of the Wade James Theater as a permanent home for the Driftwood Players. And commuters were driving to Seattle in 30 minutes on the newly opened Interstate 5.

As far as food food went, Ronald McDonald first appeared as the mascot for McDonald's Restaurants, and several TV commercials and a spot in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade made him an instant hit.

But there were no golden arches in Edmonds in 1966. When Edmonds residents got the urge to cruise for burgers, they went to Day's Drive-In at Sixth and Main in the heart of downtown.

Day's was a treat for the senses and a piece of classic Americana. The menu went beyond the standard burgers and fries to include pizza, chicken and, of course, fish and chips.

You could park outside and eat in your car while listening to KJR 95-AM radio jock Pat O'Day spin top 40s hits by the Beatles, Merilee Rush and the Ventures. But this was, after all, the Pacific Northwest, and Day's offered indoor seating for those wanting shelter from the weather.

Today, the legacy of Day's in downtown Edmonds is carried on by and the newly opened . But for a genuine drive-in experience, cruise to at Highway 99 and 220th. Order up a shake, a Deluxe with fries, and head for your car. Turn on the radio, crank up the oldies and close your eyes.

Now breathe in the sweet essence of classic American drive-in burger wafting from the white paper bag, and travel back through time to 1966 at the corner of Sixth and Main.

Peter Duncan EHS '70 June 26, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Cool, Mike. I've asked Tom, but never hear back. I well remember riding my bike there to buy dinner, then riding home one handed with a big ol' bag of great fish & chips.
Larry Vogel June 26, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I can almost taste the fish and chips....Thanks, Michael!
Michael Day June 27, 2012 at 05:15 PM
One of our other menu favorites was a mealin one (Deluxe buger,fries and choice of drinks 49 cents)
Kevin Donahue November 28, 2012 at 03:18 AM
WOW, I was killing time surfing the web and found this! I worked at D's from 1969 to 1972. I like to say I grew up on the corner of 6th and Main. I remember when the price of fries went up from 13 cents to 15 cents, there was almost a riot from the after school junior high rush on that day! The Monster Burger, 3 meat, 2 cheese, onions, lettace, tomato and pickle on a toasted bun. I must have explained that to a thousands of customers. I watched the first moon landing on a TV during one of my shifts, there was not a customer in the place or any cars driving up or down mainstreet. Thanks for bringing back the memories...
Edward Dickson June 18, 2013 at 07:52 PM
I moved to Edmonds at the tender age of 4 in '69.... By the time I was 7 I'd ride my bike from our house on Olympic Ave down to get a Nitemare Special, (Monster Burger, Fries, and a Root Beer Shake. Never a deviation!), on Saturday afternoons..... Dicks is good, grant you, but not even CLOSE to a Day's Nitemare Special!


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