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.
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.
“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.