Michigan gets first taste of SONIC re...

Michigan gets first taste of SONIC restaurants

There are 67 comments on the The Detroit News story from May 31, 2008, titled Michigan gets first taste of SONIC restaurants. In it, The Detroit News reports that:

The return of warm weather marks the debut of Michgan's first SONIC Drive-in. The restaurant opened in mid-May and offers coney dogs, tater tots, frozen drinks and a wide variety of options for breakfast, lunch ...

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Attica, OH

#1 Jun 10, 2008
when and where is the one going to be in Grand Rapids???
Burger Man

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jun 15, 2008
Where the hell is it? I've been driving all over Grand Rapids, burned up two tanks of gas, and I still can't find it!

Ann Arbor, MI

#3 Jun 19, 2008
We lived near a Sonic when GM transferred us to Texas. It was awful! Don't get too excited...:(
Sonic Lover

Denver, CO

#4 Jul 24, 2008
Burger Man wrote:
Where the hell is it? I've been driving all over Grand Rapids, burned up two tanks of gas, and I still can't find it!
54th and Clyde Park near the Menards. Quote from the Grand Rapids Press: "WYOMING -- The state's first Sonic restaurant might be coming after the City Council again overruled the Planning Commission, this time by rezoning about two acres to allow the possibility of drive-through fast food.

The national chain is looking to make inroads in Michigan, with a franchisee in St. Joseph planning to open 12 stores.

Sonic does not provide indoor seating, using car hops instead. Because of Michigan's winters, the restaurant proposed near a Menards store on Clyde Park Avenue SW would require a drive-through window.

But zoning prohibits drive-through restaurants on the parcel, south of Gezon Parkway. If it wins rezoning, Sonic still needs a special-use permit for a drive-up window.

"There's good-looking drive-throughs and there's probably not so good-looking drive-throughs," Councilman Jack Poll said. "As long as we can make sure it's a good-looking facility, then I don't have a problem with drive-throughs."

Founded in Shawnee, Okla., in 1953, Sonic offers burgers and chili dogs served to customers' vehicles by carhops on roller skates. It is the country's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, with more than 3,200 locations in the United States and Mexico.

Joyce Lunsford, president and chief operating officer of Trigo Hospitality in St. Joseph, did not return calls about her plans for Sonic. Earlier this year, she announced plans to build one Sonic in Kent, Calhoun, Jackson and Kalamazoo counties this year, with at least eight more locations to follow.

Trigo operates 31 Pizza Hut locations and 18 Panera Bread stores.

The Planning Commission opposed the rezoning request last month, saying it would set a negative precedent in an area that should not have the fast-food feel of 28th Street or Division Avenue.

But Mayor Carol Sheets said a drive-in Sonic would be a great fit for Wyoming. She said it would be silly to reject the Sonic drive-through in an area where drive-through banks are allowed.

"When you count the number of drive-through or drive-up operations in that area, there are already a number," Sheets said. "I don't think we have any reason to not allow the Sonic.

"There's already a drive-through at Steak 'n Shake, which is right next door. There's all these drive-throughs, and they (commission members) turned (Sonic) down. That doesn't make sense."

The Zoning Board of Appeals granted Steak 'n Shake permission for a drive-through window in 2001.

Earlier this year, developers of a proposed KFC restaurant filed suit against the city after the ZBA refused to allow a drive-through window near Metro Health Village.

City attorney Jack Sluiter said the Sonic rezoning should not affect that lawsuit.

"Given the fact that it's a mile away, that impact is lessened considerably," he said."

Port Huron, MI

#6 Aug 14, 2008
i live in grand rapids and need sonic.

Littleton, CO

#7 Aug 18, 2008
If they put in a Sonic in Wyoming I will go there several times a week, this is an amazing restaurant and without a doubt, it will become a local favorite! I really, really hope that the zoning committee will let this go through!
I need a cherry lime aid


#8 Aug 31, 2008
Got hooked on Sonic when I lived in Texas Grand Rapids will love Sonic!!!
I need a cherry lime aid


#9 Aug 31, 2008
I Love Sonic please put one in the Cascade area!!!

Albion, MI

#10 Aug 31, 2008
I love Sonic, not just the food, the nostalgia too

United States

#11 Oct 8, 2008
so is it or isn't it coming to Clyde Park? I need to know!!!!
truth be told

Belleville, MI

#12 Oct 9, 2008
I want some of that cherry lemonade!
Bring it on! ;)

We always see the commercials for sonic on cable TV and have been wanting to try it, but the nearest one was a few hundred miles away, "and thats not happening".

but to have a new choice would be great!

WendysMcburgerthingtacochimps need the competition.
and a quality check.

Akron, MI

#13 Oct 12, 2008
i would love to see a sonic in the baycity, saginaw area. i've heard get things about them. please build one here, flint is 70miles from here,but if i have to i will travel for my first experience.

Since: Oct 08

United States

#14 Oct 13, 2008
Sonic Rocks there used to be one by my home in Indiana and I have been hoping for a long time that they put one in Michigan. Caledonia preferrably

Colorado Springs, CO

#15 Oct 13, 2008
zot say....sonic,that crazy lil hedgehog wheres he gonna go ?
zot also say...sonic is good food when in indiana zot stop at sonic off of i69 on way to ft wayne semi and all

United States

#16 Oct 17, 2008
I guess it must be sorta like the White Castle buzz. You either love it or hate it. I tried Sonic twice while in Kansas City, and I just didn't get it. Maybe I wasn't hitting the right combination.

Longmont, CO

#17 Feb 15, 2009
I lived in Texas and LOVE Sonic! Love there FAMOUS SLUSHES and FOOTLONG HOTDOGS. I live on 54th and Clyde Park and I Hope they make one here!!!!

Lansing, MI

#18 Feb 19, 2009
We need one in Holland

United States

#19 Mar 31, 2009
The building is up, the speakers are up and the sign is up @ 54th and Clyde Park. I just want to know when it is going to open!!
Hurry up and open Sonic

Bensenville, IL

#20 Apr 6, 2009
Somebody post when it opens!

Grand Rapids, MI

#21 Apr 6, 2009
I heard it will be open at the end of April.

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