First-ever Alaska Sonic Drive-In restaurant to open in Wasilla

Published: Dec. 27, 2018 at 11:42 AM AKST
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Those familiar with the lower 48 fast food franchise of Sonic will be happy to hear that Alaska will soon be getting its very first drive-in next year.

Right now, it's not certain whether the company's well-known roller-skating delivery crews will make an appearance in the state, owing to icy and snowy conditions for good portions of the year.

Franchise operator Larry Clark spoke with KTUU on Thursday, and said that the restaurant plans to open in Wasilla, some time in September 2019.

Sonic will be located at the new Shoppes at Sun Mountain shopping center, where another new chain, Planet Fitness, is scheduled to be built.

"We'll have the drive-in, where car hops bring your food to the canopy park, and we'll also have the traditional drive-thru and dine-in offered," Clark said.

Whether those car hops will be skating to your door is, according to Clark, "still under discussion."

Clark said he and business partner Cameron Johnson, a Wasilla native, submitted their application to the Sonic corporate office and were approved for the exclusive right for opening Sonics in the state of Alaska.

The Wasilla location will be the first, but Clark said they are eyeing Anchorage and also Fairbanks, though that is just speculative at this point.

The decision for Wasilla as the inaugural Sonic was made thanks to Johnson's familiarity with the area. Clark also said, "Wasilla is one of the fastest-growing cities in America, and Sonic seems like a good fit."