Until last week, local fans of the Sonic Drive-In restaurant — known for its limeades, shakes and unique spins on hot dogs and tater tots — had to drive out to Milford Mill or Rosedale to get their fix.
But the word is out on the new Timonium location on York Road, which has been “super busy” since it opened about 10 days ago, says Tim Wilmot, director of operations.
“We consider it an ‘A-plus’ location up here,” he said Tuesday. “We anticipate it being one of our higher-volume units with a lot of staying power and a lot of regular customers.”
Two of those potential regular customers, Ellis Fackler and Don Fielder, who both live nearby in Timonium, sat in their car in a stall waiting to give their order over the intercom. Fackler has been to Sonic only once before and Fielder had never tried it.
“This is the first time I’ve actually ever been to a Sonic,” said Fielder. “It’s, like, the coolest thing to me.”
There are 13 other stalls for visitors who want to eat in their cars (much like in the well-known Sonic TV ads), 44 seats for indoor diners and a traditional drive-through. At lunch time on Tuesday, most of the stalls were occupied, the dining area was crowded and the drive-through line was backed up around the building.
But those who decide to eat in their cars get a bonus: their food hand-delivered by a rollerskating server, another of Sonic’s signatures.
Sonic is located at 2027 York Road in Timonium, about a half mile south of the state fairgrounds. Check the Sonic York Road Facebook page for daily hours.