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Sonic America's Drive In


Sonic, America's Drive-In is a fast food franchise known for its drinks as much as its classic cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and more. There are more than 3,500 Sonic locations in 44 different states. Collectively, these locations serve more than three million hungry Americans every day. This restaurant serves a growing demographic of people with its all-inclusive menu, which includes low-calorie options, a children's menu and everyday deals for Americans on a budget.

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Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$710,000 - $3,000,000
Franchise fee
Units in operation


Sonic Drive In has all the characteristics of an old-school diner with an additional unique serving system. Customers can order and receive food within minutes in a drive-through setting that promotes accurate and speedy service. Employees serve food while rollerskating to further decrease customer waiting periods. Sonic Drive In has become a household name due to its "Ultimate Drink Stop" that includes 1,392,085 fountain drink and slush combinations.

Sonic America's Drive In Restaurant Franchise History

This restaurant made a name for itself decades ago as America's biggest drive- in franchise and still holds this title today. Sonic Drive In has been in the fast food business for more than 60 years, and its success shows no signs of slowing down with its regular development of new recipes, drink combinations and service styles. Sonic Drive In was founded by Troy Smith Sr. in 1959, and much of the current menu remains true to its 1950s roots.

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