We don’t know where and we don’t know when, but after years of rumors, The Forum’s Tracy Frank confirmed through a company spokeswoman last week that a Sonic Drive-In will open in Fargo sometime in the next year.
That’ll mark the first foray into North Dakota for the Oklahoma-based chain, which currently operates more than 3,500 restaurants in 44 states (the other five that are still waiting for their first franchise: Alaska, Hawai’i, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).
Among local devotees, the chain has developed a reputation as something of a tease: You can see the commercials on television, but you can’t actually get the food unless you’re keen on trekking 212 miles down the road in Elk River, Minn. (Sonic lovers in the Twin Cities went through the same look-but-don’t-eat phase before the chain moved in a few years ago.)
Now, those days of stomach-rumbling frustration appear to be number. The members of the Bring Sonic to Fargo Facebook group can rejoice. Just one question: Isn’t January weather going to be a little rough on servers at a drive-in?
Hungry for more burger news? Check out Saturday’s Trade Talk column in The Forum.
Got an opinion on shakes and onion rings, or an idea on how to keep those intrepid servers warm when the climate takes a turn for the frigid? Contact The Forum’s Marino Eccher here.