It may not feel like it this week, but winter is coming! Today residents in Kaukauna are enjoying their last taste of the fast food season at Dick’s Drive-In. When this place closes, it’s a sure-tell sign of the changing seasons.
“It’s just something that you can’t miss going to before it closes,” said Ally Piette of Kaukauna.
November 30th of each year is when the popular fast food joint shuts down for the winter season. The establishment has been open in the city since the 1950’s.
“It’s one of our crown jewels, said Tony Penterman, a long time customer. “People love it, the burgers are great; I get burgers for my dog, she loves them.”
Jeremy Huss of Kaukauna says, “As much as everything has changed over the years, Dick’s Drive-In has always stayed the same.”
That’s what makes it so popular, folks getting that last taste of the classic recipe; the burgers, ice cream, before it’s gone again for the season.
You can say Tony Penterman is the restaurant’s biggest fan. He’ll be waiting all winter long to be the first customer in line when it opens again in spring.
He says, “Last year I got here at 9:30pm, and I sat out here until 10am, 13 hours in the snow.”
But until then, it’s another successful season at Dick’s Drive-In. There’s still time to get that last chocolate malt. It will be open until 9 o’clock Thursday night.
The restaurant re-opens again on March 1st of next year.