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Sonic Drive-In to open first restaurant in Alaska

Sonic Drive-In is readying a new restaurant in Alaska at 2100 East Parks Highway—its first in the state. Sonic is partnering with Larry Clark, a resident of Wasilla, and local business owner and developer Cameron Johnson. Sonic’s service system is known for its drive-in experience and quick service from the carhop. The new restaurant in Wasilla will have a double drive-thru, an indoor dining room, and drive-in stalls.

In its announcement, Sonic said the franchise concept offers “12 to 18 dining stalls and a drive-thru; conversions, renovating existing restaurant buildings to create unique drive-ins; the counter service model, offering customizable footprints to fit a variety of indoor spaces, including travel plazas; and indoor dining formats that allow guests to experience Sonic in multiple ways.”

Sonic Corp. is part of Inspire Brands, a majority-owned subsidiary of Roark Capital. Inspire Brands acquired Sonic in December for $2.3B.

“I grew up in the south where Sonic is a way of life,” said Clark, Sonic Drive-In franchisee. “Alaska has been my home for 13 years now, and I can’t wait to introduce my community to this brand I know and love.”

The Wasilla Sonic is expected to open later this year. .

Photo credit: Inspire Brands

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