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Opened in 1965, Scotty’s Drive-in is reportedly the third oldest remaining restaurant in Bismarck. It was the second drive-in to open in Bismarck (after Big Boy in 1955). Scotty’s Drive-In expanded in 1985 to include, for the first time, indoor seating and to add, most recently, a drive-through service.
Scotty’s Drive-In serves a standard “fast food” menu, cooked fresh. One of its most famous items in the menu is the Rebel Burger, named after local KFYR Radio personality “Ol’ Reb” Jack Fisher.
The restaurant changed hands in 2007 after a 35-year ownership by the Roehrichs. The new owners, David and Nancy Turner, completed several renovations, including the restoration of the original sign.
A drive-through was added in 2008, around the same time Scotty’s Drive-In temporarily experimented with adding breakfast items to its menu. 2012 saw a major interior remodel, the first in decades, which saw a more-open dining area and freshened new retro look.
Scotty’s Drive-In was once a regional chain, with locations in at least six states; however, the Bismarck location is now one of only three known survivors (Scottsbluff, NE and Idaho Falls, ID being the others), all of which have no connections to each other.
There were four operating locations up until 2009, when the location in Aberdeen, SD switched names and formats, although it still features much of the same menu.
It seems that each one of the Scotty’s Drive-In locations named several of its menu offerings after local personalities or other notable local individuals.
While the Bismarck and Aberdeen locations each had a burger named after KFYR personality, Jack Fisher, locations elsewhere had similar menu items named after well-known individuals in their region instead.
It is not uncommon to see classic cars in the Scotty’s Drive-In parking lot, especially during an annual event for which Scotty’s Drive-In sponsors.
In January 2016, Scotty's Drive-In was purchased by local restaurant manager, Kurt Dilger. If you have any questions regarding our menu or services, gives us a call today at 701-255-4588.