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Sonic Drive-In Franchise Opportunity


Classic Sonic Drive-In FranchiseAs the nation's largest drive-in chain, SONIC® has successfully served up hot, fresh, delicious made-to-order food for more than 60 year. SONIC's founder, Troy Smith Sr. opened up his first drive-in in 1953 in Shawnee, OK, under the “Top Hat Drive-in” name. It was just a root beer stand, but he had big dreams. He expanded on his own before teaming up with Charlie Pappe. In 1959, the SONIC Drive-in name was born and franchising began. Today, we franchise and operate more than 3500 SONIC Drive-ins in nearly every state. SONIC® is authentically mid-century and modern, a classic that continues to innovate.


At a typical SONIC Drive-In, customers park in colorful canopy-covered spaces and push our iconic red button when they are ready to place their orders using our speaker system. Friendly Carhops deliver our delicious food and drinks to our customers car-side, but at most SONIC locations, customers may also enjoy patio and indoor patio dining as well drive-thru service. Our drive-in experience, together with a unique menu and personalized service position us as one of the most differentiated concepts in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry. This is how we SONIC®!


SONIC menu itemsWith a menu that offers so much variety, SONIC'S customers keep coming back for more during all of SONIC's five balanced and distinct dayparts. Unlike other concepts that have one or two strong dayparts, our SONIC brand treasures work for you throughout the day. Tasty breakfast, lunch, afternoon, dinner and evening menu items are served fresh all day.


SONIC Traditional Drive-In Model:
108’W x 262’D; 14-16 Dining Stalls with Drive-Thru

SONIC Conversion Model:
Existing Kitchen, Dining Area and Restrooms utilized

SONIC Enclosed Patio Model:
131’W x 213’D; 14-16 Dining Stalls with Drive-Thru

SONIC Mall/Airport Model:
22’W x 25’D; Pass-Thru Door;
Full Dessert Line behind Service Counter

Smiling Happy People

SONIC® is all about relationships – relationships with our customers, employees, fellow franchisees and vendor partners. The SONIC culture is a collaborative one focused on teamwork and building lasting relationships every step of the way.

SONIC® guides you in securing financing, provides franchisee training and encourages franchisee mentorships. We care about your future and helping you reach your goals.

With at least 12% company drive-ins, we share a mutual interest in staying current on the latest restaurant and product innovations and ensuring customer satisfaction.

Thank you for your interest in a SONIC franchise!

Please fill out the Request Form and click the "Submit Request" button. You'll hear from us shortly regarding your franchise information request.

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This web page does not constitute a franchise offering or an offer to sell a franchise. A franchise offering can be made by us only in a state if we are first registered, excluded, exempted or otherwise qualified to offer franchises in that state, and only if we provide you with an appropriate franchise disclosure document.

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Here's your chance to own a SONIC® Drive-in Franchise Restaurant. As the nation's largest drive-in chain, SONIC® has successfully served up hot, fresh, delicious made-to-order food for more than 60 year.


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"SONIC is very unique in that it is the last of the major brands/chains that continues to embrace and be driven by the entrepreneurial spirit where the Franchisee still has a major voice and influence on the direction of the Brand."
Dave Wilkinson
Franchisee of SONIC Drive-Ins, TX

"Sonic is a great and established brand that is penetrating some of the nation’s best markets. The potential for growth is so exciting and my family feels so lucky to be a part of it."
Luke Marchigiano
Franchisee of SONIC Drive-ins, NJ

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