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SONIC Drive-In Restaurant To Reopen Next Month

New ownership group taking over after January closing

The drive-in restaurant on Street Road, which opened in 2008 and closed in January, will soon reopen under new ownership and management.

The franchise plans to hire 80-100 employees, 20-40 of which will be full time, according to company officials.

Don Welsh, one of three members of a SONIC franchise group, said the restaurant will reopen next month.

"We're shooting for mid to late May," he said.

"We're going to a lot of remodeling," he added.

That includes new kitchen equipment, redone bathrooms and new patio furniture.

Welsh, a Chester County resident, indicated reopening the Bensalem site was an easy decision for his group, which owns and operates eight other SONICs in Montgomery, Berks and Lancaster counties.

"Bensalem is a great town and it's a great location," he said. "Every time you see one close, you want to reopen it."

He said his group is dedicated to making the local SONIC "an active participant in the community."

"We typically donate 1 percent of our top-line sales (net sales) to the community," he told Patch.

Welsh added that the group has a history of assisting local schools, churches, police and fire departments, Little League teams and other activity groups.

"Our general motto is to not turn down anyone who asks for help," he said.

Positions available include shift leaders, crew members and SONIC’s signature skating Carhops who deliver orders to customers who are in their cars or sitting on the patio.

Those interested in joining the drive-in crew can visit the SONIC at 1525 Street Road on Wednesday, April 25 and Saturday, April 28. SONIC representatives will be taking applications and conducting interviews from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Candidates can pick up applications at the drive-in beginning Monday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SONIC specializes in made-to-order fast food. It is the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, with more than 3,500 drive-ins in 43 states coast to coast, according to a company press release.

Dave Fiedler April 13, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I wonder if this group is going to take the other two locations that closed in Levittown and Bustelton Ave in the Northeast. As for the Bensalem location, if they become real competition perhaps Gino's will take a second look at their pricing. That place is overly-expensive for what you get.
john matheu April 13, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I like Mcdonalds so much i eat there every day , recently i WIN a coupon of $250 . If you want a coupon is free here is http://www.mcdonaldsgift.do.am . :D is only for US . sorry.
Wendy Saddler April 13, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Here We Go Again!! http://www.myspace.com/honornintegrity4bensalem/blog/545579340 BTW, the link John Mattheu gave is useless
Dave Brews April 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I miss my local Levittown Sonic! I wish it would reopen also. I would be happy with a Five Guys too!
colleen m April 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM
at first the levittown sonic was good. the carhops came out on skates like they were supposed to and the food was good and fast. later i would wait 20 minutes for one milkshake. the last time i was there i ordered my granson and husband a milkshake. my grandson had been great in school that day and it was supposed to be a fun reward. the order taker repeated the order back to me perfectly. i paid and then the carhop WALKED out to my car and handed me ONE. that was it for me. i wish they had some indoor seating but at this point i would rather have a five guys or chipotle.
Vic Monaco April 15, 2012 at 09:41 PM
A vacant fast-food facility is re-opened and at least 20 full-time jobs return and you have to be negative? Really?

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