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Sonic Drive-In coming to Poulsbo

By RICHARD D. OXLEY
North Kitsap Herald Reporter
March 21, 2014 · Updated 2:59 PM
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A Sonic Drive-In, such as the one shown here, is planned for the corner of Viking Way and Highway 305. / Courtesy of Sonic Drive-In

POULSBO — How does a double cheeseburger topped with bacon sound? Or a chili cheese pretzel hot dog? Maybe an ice cream cup mixed with Oreos, M&Ms, Butterfingers and more?

North Kitsap residents will soon have easy access to a Sonic Drive-In menu. A Sonic is tentatively planned for the corner of Viking Way and Highway 305 in Poulsbo. The franchisee is currently navigating Poulsbo’s permitting process.

The Poulsbo location is currently listed on the Sonic website under “coming soon.”

“We just signed a contract for the property,” said Richard Ramsey, owner of the Poulsbo franchise. “But we still have a long way to go.”

Ramsey said that he is working with the city to complete permitting and site plans, before the restaurant can be built. Ramsey noted, however, that if everything goes smoothly, the Poulsbo Sonic Drive-In could open later this year.

The Poulsbo site was selected because it was previously permitted for the construction of a gas station and fast-food restaurant. Those plans, however, fell through.

“It was permitted for a convenience store, gas station and fast food,” said Jim Laughlin, a real estate agent assisting the franchise with the move to Poulsbo.

“We’ll basically do a post-decision review,” he said. “... It’s a less-intense use than the prior approved (project).”

There are currently eight Sonic Drive-In restaurants in Washington state. Tacoma is the closest location to Poulsbo. Outside of Washington, the chain is fairly well known.

“Sonic is the largest drive-in chain, and I think they are one of the fastest-growing nationally right now,” Ramsey said. “They got almost 4,000 restaurants.”

Sonics are traditionally drive-in restaurants where customers order from their parking spot and are served by carhops.

Sonic Drive-Ins began as root beer stands in Shawnee, Okla. in 1953. Approximately 90 percent of Sonic Drive-Ins are franchises.


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