The Wait is Over: SONIC Beach Now Open for Business

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By: Sharon Aron Baron

Let the memories come flooding back – or maybe new ones begin when Sonic Beach opens this week with their skating carhops and more.

The new SONIC Beach restaurant is now open, and already a line of hungry patrons is stretching out the door, but this isn’t stopping the many residents that have been waiting for it its grand opening.

SONIC has been around since the 1950s as an American drive-in fast-food restaurant chain, but oh, has it grown up since then with a new concept called SONIC Beach.  Unlike the SONIC of the past, SONIC Beach offers so many dining options, like a stylish patio area complete with professional landscape design, 10 60-inch flat screen TVs, a sand beach area with beach umbrellas and a menu that includes specialty item, along with a full offering of beers and wine – which are only served inside.

Tamarac Talk contest winners Craig Bresnahan and Lauren Feher,

Tamarac Talk contest winners Craig Bresnahan and Lauren Feher along with SONIC Beach Field Marketing Manager Cayci Johnson and Marketing Director Sue Murphy.   – Photo by Adam Baron

This fourth installment in the restaurant concept with a fun South Florida twist, opened Tuesday,  in Lauderhill. On Monday evening they kicked off their grand opening with a private VIP reception and bash for business partners and area leaders including Mayor Richard Kaplan, Howard Berger, Hayward Benson, Margaret Bates and Ken Thurston along with members of their staff and Chamber of Commerce. Both Craig Bresnahan and Lauren Feher, winners from the Tamarac Talk drawing enjoyed the evening as well. Guests sampled all the delicious items that SONIC is known for like their cheeseburgers, hotdogs, sundaes, Limeades, beer and sparkling wine.

The new location will create several positions, from managers to servers, adding to the economic development of the area.

You better leave room for dessert at SONIC because their menu is full of choices

You better leave room for dessert at SONIC because their menu is full of choices – Photo by Adam Baron

“The Lauderhill location marks our fourth South Florida SONIC Beach restaurant, following two successful ventures in Homestead and Fort Lauderdale,” said Arthur J. Halleran, Jr., Chairman, QueensFort Capital. “Given the popularity and awareness of the SONIC brand, QueensFort Capital is confident that this newest location will receive the same level of patronage and consistent positive feedback as our other restaurants. We are extremely excited at the potential of the Lauderhill market.”

An affiliate of QueensFort has purchased the Exclusive Area Development rights from SONIC Corporation to South Florida. The development rights provide QueensFort with the ability to develop, own and operate 50 or more SONIC restaurants in one of the most important U.S. markets.

SONIC Beach is now open and is located at 8188 West Commercial Boulevard, Lauderhill, FL 33351. Hours from January 14-19 are from 10 a.m. – 8p.m. After that, regular hours will be: 6 a.m. – 1 a.m. Sunday – Thursday and 6 a.m. – 2 a.m. Friday –  Saturday.  Yes, they will be serving breakfast.

About Sharon Aron Baron

avatar Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.


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  • Mary Davids

    Unfortunately the wait has just begun! It’s packed! Get ready to sit and wait. Time to spare? Go for it!

  • anonymous

    These people are rude and unfair. I was told that they were closed, next thing you know I see cars getting in line. So I get in line, the worker then asks me if I want to go thru the drive-thru or go park in a stall, I said stall. I drive around the building and can’t find an open stall, so I go back to the employees and say “I was told to go to a stall but there isn’t one available.” They laughed and said, “Well we are closed.” with attitude. I do not recommend this location, they are so rude.

    • Michael

      You don’t have to wait any longer, I was there the other day and it was not crowded at all, It seems the novelty has worn off like cheap wax. It is for good reason. The food is a 4 out of 10 for my taste buds. The fact that they do not have refills on your beverage is a real no no, especially when they gave me a cup with 3/4 ice. They threw the food in a bag even though I was dining inside. If you need, let’s say more napkins or ketchup, you have to wait for a server on skates to come out with them on a tray and they ask you which ones you want. Are things that bad that they can’t have a service area for you to get your own condiments? The inside dinig area is decorated nicely, but the bar takes up to much room in an already very small space. The help was very kind, but you can’t eat kindness, only cold food as I experienced. Several new comers walked out when they saw the saw the small space. This place is strictly for a fast pic up of food to eat in your car when you are in a hurry, otherwise pass it up, go next door have a great chicken sandwich, or Cheddars across the street.

  • Candace Gunther

    What a huge disappointment! Chick Fil A is right next door, I should have known better than to think that Sonic could even compete with them. Not only was the food cold as another poster mentioned, but it was definitely NOT made to order. The food was delivered to my car less than 2 min after I ordered. Just gross. The servers on skates were all on their phones looking bored and uninterested, only having time to stare at me and my guests in my car and take pictures with their phones. It was such a horrible experience and TASTELESS. This place will be closed down before the year ends. Chick Fil A is still NUMBER ONE for fast food and customer service!!! I feel like McDonalds is even better than this Sonic. Same quality of food for a better price compared to Sonic’s over priced, bland and cold meals. Never will I go here again!