Sonic Plans First-Ever Manhattan Location!

Nostalgic fast food franchise “Sonic” is headed to Manhattan. The Real Deal reports that the Oklahoma City-based chain will open a new location in Midtown, at 966 Sixth Avenue, between West 35th and West 36th streets. An opening date has not been disclosed yet.

The opening marks the chain’s second restaurant in NYC, following a 2015 debut on the southern end of Staten Island. Not surprisingly, some adjustments had to be made for Manhattan’s limited real estate. While New Yorkers will be able to walk up and grab a burger and a limeade at this location, there will be no drive-in or drive-thru service at the Midtown shop.

A location of Pax Wholesome Foods, which has since shut down, previously occupied the 2,000 square-foot Midtown space.

The NYC deal is part of a larger expansion effort by Sonic. The chain, which has over 3,000 locations nationwide, announced longterm plans in 2014 to add 1,000 more locations over the next 10 years. Parent company Inspire Brands also owns other fast food franchises including Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jimmy John’s, and Rusty Taco.

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