H. Warren Ghormley, a co-founder of the famous Dick’s Drive-in, died on July 19 of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 85.
In 1953, Ghormley and Dr. B.O.A. Thomas decided to invest in Dick Spady’s fast-food restaurant idea. A year later, the first Dick’s Drive-In opened in Seattle.
Over the past half century, Dick’s has been hailed as a cherished institution by locals and travel guides for its simple and affordable cheeseburger/fries/shake menu. The restaurant expanded to five locations, and established a scholarship program for its high school student workers.