Why are SONIC commercials aired in my area yet there are no SONICs around?

With locations in 44 states we do utilize national TV advertising. This means markets across the country see our advertisements; even those where we have not yet arrived. We know that the footage of our delicious food may make you hungry, please know, it’s not our intent to tease you. With national advertising it’s just not possible to limit the advertising to markets with actual locations.

What are your restaurant hours of operation?

Our minimum hours of operation are 6 a.m to 10 p.m. Most SONIC locations are owned by independent franchisees, and we feel they are best able to set the appropriate hours for their local SONIC. Please check with your local SONIC for its hours.

When and where was SONIC founded?

SONIC’S history can be traced back to 1953 and a small root beer stand called Top Hat in Shawnee, Oklahoma. In 1959, after successfully operating a handful of Top Hat locations, Troy Smith and partner Charles Pappe christened the existing locations SONIC, a good match for their slogan, “Service at the Speed of Sound.”

New location suggestions

We continue to expand across the country with the goal of being convenient to all of our customers. Please know that our Real Estate team is busy scouring the country for the best possible SONIC locations. While many sites are considered each year only a portion of them open as a new SONIC location.