York Road Sonic coming next week
The lot on 2027 York Road has been vacant except for a dilapidated Roy Rogers for the last 14 years, but this week will see the opening of a new Sonic Drive-In.
The owner Tom, who declined to give his last name, bought the property about six months ago, he said. The drive-thru franchise, well known for its hot dogs, slushies and tots, was then built in 87 days.
Tom said the Sonic will definitely open this week but the exact day is uncertain because it is dependent on employee training. About 85 employees began training on Thursday, Sept. 26.
“We’re training all of our employees now,” he said. “We’re hoping[to open] Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of this week. The building is complete. So as soon as everyone is trained then we open doors.”
The owner said this location is one of only about 10 of the 3,500 Sonics to have indoor dining. The location also includes a drive-thru, 14 car stalls and roller skating car-hops.
“We have brand new electronic menus that no one else has,” he said. “We have a front counter at the indoor dining where you can order from a person.”
The electronic menus will be entirely touch-screen in about a month.
Sophomore Amanda Marchioni said she has been to Sonic before and will definitely be going to the one on York Road once it opens.
“I just think it’s unique, no one else has that experience where you drive up and order,” she said.
Sophomore Eric Collins said he sees the commercials for Sonic on TV but has only been to the restaurant once before.
“If it’s close by I could see myself going there,” he said.
The closest locations outside of the new York Road Sonic are on Pulaski Highway, West Patapsco Avenue and Liberty Road in Baltimore and Baltimore National Pike in Elicott City.
Sophomore Hannah Holt said she likes Sonic and would go there once it opens.
“I usually go there after the beach,” she said.
The construction was completed by all local vendors and they also hired local employees, that include Towson students.
“Only days away. Chicago dogs, Cherry limeaides, Slushies, all served with amazing smiles,” a Facebook post to the Sonic York Road Facebook page read last week.
The Towerlight will keep updated, via social media, the exact opening date.
“We’re so excited,” Tom said.