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Poulsbo’s Sonic will be a drive-in and drive-thru
POULSBO — Drive in, drive through, or walk in and sit by the fire. Diners can decide for themselves when the new Sonic Drive-In comes to Poulsbo later this year.
The fast-food restaurant has a few unique design features not commonly found at other locations that have made the chain popular. A drive-thru window will be included, as well as a “Northwest-style” patio.
“The Sonic plan will also have parking for patrons to be served in their vehicle by servers on roller skates,” the site plan for the project states.
The City of Poulsbo’s planning department received site plan revisions for the proposed Sonic on March 27. The fast-food restaurant is slated for the northeast corner of Viking Way and Highway 305. Included in the plan are considerations for a drive-thru, a drive-in, and a patio with a fireplace.
The site was previously planned and approved for a different venture that failed. That project included a gas station, convenience store and a fast-food restaurant, totaling 3,900-square-feet.
Sonic’s proposal is for a 2,148-square foot restaurant. Only 690 square feet will be dedicated to customer seating and dining.
“The common Sonic plan does not have indoor seating, but has a patio where a customer can order at a window and eat on the patio,” the plan states.
The plan further notes that the Poulsbo location will be a “Northwest version” with a covered patio. Roll-up garage doors will border the seating area, and will be raised or lowered depending upon the weather.
Otherwise, customers can drive-thru or drive-in. Thirty parking stalls are planned, seven more than the 23 stalls required for a restaurant of its size.
“Thirty parking stalls are for those who choose to be served in their vehicle,” the plan states. “Car service is a standard for Sonic restaurants but the option to drive through and/or walk in is provided.”