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    Sonic Plans to Open First Restaurant in Alaska

  • Industry News January 15, 2019

    Sonic Drive-In, a quick-service restaurant concept with more than 3,600 drive-ins in the United States, plans to open its first drive-in in the state of Alaska later this year. Owned and operated by local businessmen Larry Clark and Cameron Johnson, the new Sonic Drive-In will start serving Alaskans in Wasilla, Alaska near 2100 E. Parks Highway.

    “Alaska has long been on our development wish list, and we’re pleased to have found a strong franchisee group to build the brand in the state,” says Johnny Jones, vice president of development and construction at Sonic. “We’re confident the brand will do well in Alaska, bringing a unique menu and dining experience to this new community under the leadership of two locals.” 

    The new Sonic Drive-In is being developed by Larry Clark, long-time Wasilla resident, and business owner, Cameron Johnson, Wasilla native and local developer. With a convenient double drive-thru, an indoor dining room, and drive-in stalls, guests will be able to stop by for a quick bite to eat or enjoy a leisurely meal from the comfort of their car. 

    “I once joked with my wife that I would buy her a Sonic Drive-In after she asked for a Cherry Limeade and later this year, this will flourish into reality,” says Clark. “I grew up in the south where Sonic is a way of life. Alaska has been my home for 13 years now, and I can’t wait to introduce my community to this brand I know and love.” 

    Sonic, which specializes in made-to-order fast food, is known for its specialty menu items and iconic Carhop service. A variety of 1.3 million unique drink combinations make Sonic your Ultimate Drink Stop. Wasilla residents are invited to share a new flavor experience with Sonic including favorite menu items such as innovative burger creations, Footlong Quarter Pound Coneys (hot dogs with chili and cheese), Tots, and a variety of premium desserts, made with Real Ice Cream.  

    With the Sonic mobile app, guests are First in Line Every Time when they order ahead. When picking up an order, guests can pull into any open drive-in stall and have their order personally delivered by a Carhop without waiting in a drive-thru line or circling the parking lot for a special spot to become available. The Sonic app is free to download, and available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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