Come September, you can hand over your credit or debit card when that Broadway gutter punk asks for a few bucks to help “put Dick’s in my mouth.”
The famously all-cash Seattle Dick’s Drive-in chain is set to add the ability to pay by card starting in September:
After 62 years of accepting only cash, Dick’s Drive-In will also be accepting credit and debit cards at all locations by September 2016. soon to accept
CHS talked to a Dick’s rep about the decision and changes at the Broadway outlet of the six location chain. The days of Dick’s cashiers magically tallying your fuzzily delivered order of 5 Deluxes, 4 fries, and 6 chocolate milkshakes have been gone since Dick’s added a new point of sales system so the basic ordering experience won’t change. But Dick’s wants its customers to keep pitching into the drive-in’s Change/Round Up for Charity program which has collected around $1.4 million for local nonprofits since it was started in 1998. “A Deluxe, fries, a shake, and Round Up,” the Dick’s rep suggested for your new standard order in the drive-in’s payment card future.
In 2013, Dick’s celebrated 60 years of business with a Broadway street party featuring Sir Mix-a-Lot. The fast food joint draws crowds from lunch time to closing time even as the block is redeveloped around the drive-in and neighborhood food and drink options grow. Now that Dick’s has made the great leap to accepting credit cards, perhaps another of its anachronisms will fade away — at least on Broadway.
How much longer can it make financial sense to make room for a drive-in across from one of the busiest subway stops in Seattle?