Fact Sheet

300 Johnny Bench Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®, is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. Inspire is a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 8,300 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and SONIC locations worldwide.

For more than 65 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations, friendly service by iconic Carhops and ongoing support of education through its award-winning Limeades for Learning program. For more information about SONIC, please visit sonicdrivein.com. Customers can also connect with SONIC at facebook.com/sonicdrivein or on Twitter @sonicdrivein.

Hours vary by location; however, our minimum hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., unless community standards warrant other hours. During the summer, most drive-ins are open until midnight or later.

Sonic has 3,608 drive-ins located in 46 states

$1.25M average unit sales (FY18)

SONIC’s award-winning menu offers a variety of unique menu items made after you order. Menu items include TOASTER Sandwiches (made with thick Texas toast), Footlong Quarter-Pound Coneys, handmade Onion Rings that are sliced, breaded and cooked fresh daily Tots. The menu doesn’t stop there, highlighting a plethora of drink and dessert choices, such as our signature Cherry Limeades, featuring a sweet touch of cherry to a delicious lime thirst quencher. SONIC has more than 1.3 million drink combinations, making it Your Ultimate Drink Stop.

Founder Troy Smith Sr. started SONIC, America’s Drive-In, as a hamburger and root beer stand in 1953 in Shawnee, Okla., called Top Hat Drive-In. Back then, SONIC revolutionized the ordering process by using curbside speakers that allowed customers to place food orders without ever leaving their cars. This technology spawned the slogan “Service at the Speed of Sound,” which translated to one word: SONIC. Troy Smith Sr. aptly changed the name from Top Hat to SONIC Drive-In in 1959. The first drive-in to adopt the SONIC name is still serving customers in Stillwater, Okla.

While our Oklahoma City, Okla. support center focuses on supporting programs that provide educational opportunities for Oklahoma youth ages 4-22 and strong interest in the arts, the SONIC system bands together through Limeades for Learning. This national cause branding program provides much-needed supplies and learning materials for teachers to help their students learn. Through Limeades for Learning in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC and its franchise partners have donated more than $13 million to public school classrooms in local communities across the country. Visit limeadesforlearning.com (https://www.limeadesforlearning.com/) to learn more about SONIC’s commitment to education.

Personal Carhop service is one of many reasons guests enjoy visiting SONIC. Frequently seen spinning by on roller skates, smiling Carhops personally deliver orders right to customers’ cars. What’s more, Carhops check back to ensure a quality experience. Each guest receives a mint with a drink, dessert or meal purchase – a tradition started by company founder Troy Smith Sr. to remind guests they are worth a mint at SONIC.

In one year, SONIC:

  • sells enough tots that when placed end-to-end would circle the globe…TWICE
  • sells enough Footlong Quarter Pound Coneys to border the 48 contiguous United States
  • sells enough Cherry Limeades to fill more than 15 Olympic sized swimming pools
  • gives away enough mints to reach the top of the Empire State Building and back to the ground…5,000 times

Media Contact:
Kyle Lankford
SONIC, America’s Drive-In
(405) 225-4933