The new Sonic restaurant being built on Union Road, across from Cheektowaga Central High School, is making slow but steady progress.
Eager fans watched the restaurant’s Aug. 29 target opening date come and go and have been wondering how much longer they will have to wait to get their hands on some burgers, hot dogs and Sonic Splash soft drinks. Turns out they’ve got about a month to go, as construction delays have moved the expected opening date to mid-October.
“Sonic’s on its way, finally,” said Kevin DiPirro, the local franchisee. “The building is massive. We thought it was going to be an extensive remodel, but we’ve basically had to rebuild the entire thing.”
The restaurant is “about 80 percent done,” he said. The plumbing and electrical work is finished, painting was being completed Friday, and workers are in the process of stacking stone outside the building’s wraparound patio. Furniture and equipment will be delivered over the next few days and car stalls – where customers will park and place their orders – will be constructed next week.
All told, the restaurant will cost about $2 million.
Built in a former Perkins restaurant at 3601 Union Road, the restaurant will have an indoor eating area for 100 people. Sonic’s signature car hops, who deliver food while wearing roller skates, will serve indoor customers as well as outdoor ones. The company will begin a hiring campaign next week in search of 125 workers to man the restaurant, including cooks and carhops.
DiPirro also owns Moe’s Southwest Grill, Cinnabon and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels franchises in the region.