Back in 2009, people in the metro area nearly lost it when they found out a Sonic was opening in Hasbrouck Heights. It was the first tri-state location since the first Sonic hamburger stand opened in 1953 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Today, there are quite a few Sonic locations not that far from NYC, so if you're up for a short drive, head over to one of the following spots:
2819 Kennedy Boulevard, North Bergen, NJ
100 Bayonne Crossing Way, Bayonne, NJ
156 Route 17 North, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
573 Spring Street, Elizabeth, NJ
244 Route 46, Totowa, NJ
Those in New York State are going to be happy to learn that it was announced earlier this year that the chain is looking to expand. They currently have more than 3,500 locations in 44 states, but they're interested in opening up 13 stores in upstate NY, including in Watertown, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. An agreement for six franchises were already signed in Watertown and Syracuse, and sites in Buffalo and Rochester are being developed. They're also looking to eventually open in Albany.
Although Sonic is known for having carhops deliver food on roller skates right to the car 1950s style, they're leaving it up to the individual locations if that's the route they want to take. Personally, a Sonic just wouldn't be the same if it didn't have carhops bringing the food around.
There were quite a few problems with traffic when Sonic moved to the metro area, including one incident where a police officer was injured. What do you think of Sonic expanding to upstate New York? Are you all for it or are you against them moving into the area?