Sonic Drive-In opening in Ogden, bringing car hops back to Weber County
General manager Abel Ortiz and District supervisor Annie Anost stand outside the new Sonic at 1241 Washington Blvd. in Ogden. It is due to open in late July 2016.
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Sonic bringing inside seating, special drink drive-thru to Ogden

BHOGDEN — Tots and pebbled-ice drinks are returning to Weber County.

Sonic Drive-In will open this month at 1241 Washington Blvd., Ogden, in what has been a vacant Wendy’s building.

Ogden is a big part of Northern Utah and we want to be part of it,” said Annie Anost, a Sonic district supervisor.  Sonic currently has locations in Box Elder and Davis counties, but this will be the first in Weber County since closures in North Ogden, South Ogden and Roy.

“This is a nice centralized area and the 12th Street area is growing,” she said.

The new Sonic will have its usual car hop stalls with servers on roller skates, patio seating and a drive-thru, but will also have new features including indoor seating, large TV screens, Wi-Fi and a second drive-thru window.

The second drive-thru will be dedicated to those ordering Sonic’s popular flavored drinks with pebbled ice in a styrofoam cup.

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“We are guaranteed to be open by July 25,” general manager Abel Ortiz said. Though Sonic is guaranteeing the July 25 open date, Ortiz said they hope to open by July 21 in time for Pioneer Days events. 

This is the 23rd Sonic in Utah but the first to retrofit an existing building. Northstar Construction will convert the current building away from dark brick and toward a traditional Sonic look, with bright colors that will light up Washington Boulevard just south of 12th Street.

Sean Robertson, partner at the Neighborhood Sonic franchise that owns all Utah locations, said the company has been through a lot changes and is starting to grow. “We signed an agreement with Sonic to build 10 new locations,” he said. “We want to pick strong locations, build slow and do it right.” 

Once opened, Sonic will have a 2 to 4 p.m. “Happy Hour” each day, featuring half-priced drinks and slushes. It will also feature large drinks for 99 cents every morning before 10 a.m. and throughout the summer, shakes are half off after 8 p.m. Other menu items include hamburgers, hot dogs, tots and more.

Though Sonic is known as “America’s Drive-In,” Robertson said they hope to be more than just a new fast food restaurant in town. 

“We want to become part of Ogden City,” he said. “We want to reach out to the elementary schools, churches and youth sports groups and get involved with them.”  Robertson said he hopes to help local groups with their fundraising efforts by giving them a place to hold car washes or to conduct other events.

The old Wendy's building located at 1241 Washington Blvd. in Ogden is being converted to a Sonic Drive-In by Northstar Construction, due to open in late July 2016.
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