Sonic Gets Closer to New York, But Blue Coconut Slush Eludes Us

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The Sonic location of our dreams.Photo: Getty Images (Empire State Building); Courtesy of Sonic Industries


If you’ve been to one of Sonic Drive-In’s 3,400-odd burger joints (you know, the ones with the carhops — some of them on roller skates) and have suburban nostalgia for the chocolate shakes, cherry limeades, and belly-busting 44-ounce slushes, you’ll have to travel 100 miles before you hit the nearest location (in Pennsylvania). That will change by the end of the year, says president of Sonic Industries, Scott McLain: The chain has broken ground on its first New Jersey outpost in Waretown (about an hour and a half from the city), with more to follow. What’s more, Sonic is working to bring a location to the New York metropolitan area within two years, but the closest it will get to Manhattan is Westchester County. “I don’t really know if we’ll move into the city or not,” McLain says, but he’s open to it. It’s time to get those petitions going.

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