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July 2, 2013 at 6:56 PM

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Cooling off at the Dairy Freeze


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Levi Noel asked for the "biggest, swirliest ice cream cone ever," at Scott's Dairy Freeze in North Bend, Monday July 1, 2013. The burger and ice cream stand was started by Al and Dorothy Scott in 1951, a full three years before Dick's Drive-In, owner Ken Hearing is quick to note. Hearing isn't just the owner though - he's been the Mayor of North Bend since 2004, and is serving his third term. "It's the oldest Puget Sound fast food restaurant," Hearing said. "And the best burgers in the valley." He bought Scott's Dairy Freeze a full 23 years ago - on July 2nd, 1990 - but don't ask him if the sign will ever read "Ken's". "Only vanity would suggest I change the name," Hearing said.

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Cassidy Dao, 10, of Snoqualmie, pays for cones for her and her brother at Scott's Dairy Freeze in North Bend, Monday July 1, 2013.

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Zoe, 7, a Weimaraner, tries to get the last vanilla ice cream out of the cup at Scott's Dairy Freeze in North Bend, Monday July 1, 2013. It's not a normal occurrence, but a special treat after a four-mile hike, said owner Rhonda Hartzell, of Bellevue. Zoe, Hartzell and her daughter Brianna had just trekked around Source Lake nearby.

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This historical photo hanging on the wall of the dining area inside, shows what Scott's Dairy Freeze originally looked like. Opened in 1951, it is the oldest fast food restaurant in the Puget Sound area.

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Conner Litsjo, 6, graciously gives his mom Stacy a bit of his ice cream (after repeatedly denying her initial requests) at Scott's Dairy Freeze in North Bend, Monday July 1, 2013.

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