Sonic Reopens With New Look

A landmark in thousands of small towns across America, the Water Valley Sonic reopened last week in its newly renovated facility. – Photo by Jack Gurner

    Sonic Industries, Inc., franchisor of America’s largest chain of drive-in fast food restaurants, announced last Wednesday the opening of the newly rebuilt Sonic Drive-In in Water Valley.

    “We are very excited to reopen a Sonic in Water Valley,” said Ron King, manager. “We are looking forward to serving the community and delivering the great service Sonic Drive-Ins are known for across the country.”

    Lola Westerfield is the principal owner of the new Sonic located at 316 S. Main. The restaurant features 26 drive-in stalls and one walk-up ordering station. Sonic, which specializes in made after you order fast food, is known for its specialty menu items and personal Carhop service.

    Sonic originally started as a hamburger and root beer stand in 1953 in Shawnee, Okla., called Top Hat Drive-In, and then changed its name to Sonic in 1959. The first drive-in to adopt the Sonic name is still serving customers in Stillwater, Okla. As the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, Sonic has more than 3,400 drive-ins from coast to coast. More than a million customers eat at Sonic every day.

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