Sonic Opens in Bristol

Bristol Sonic 050714

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Hungry eaters can get cherry limeades, cheesy tater tots, Texas toast sandwiches and burgers served car-side by roller skating waiters in Bristol.

Sonic officially opened in the former Arby’s building on Route 6 in Bristol on Wednesday, May 7. The Bristol franchise of “America’s Drive-In” will bring about 100 jobs to the area, according to a news release from Sonic.

“We’re excited to open our fourth Sonic Drive-In in the state of Connecticut,” Robert Mesite, managing partner of the four-restaurant Connecticut franchise, said.

Many Sonic locations do not have an indoor dining area but the Bristol location will seat 64 people. Outdoor dining is also available.

Sonic held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

The first Sonic in Connecticut opened in Wallingford in 2010. There are also Sonic restaurants in Manchester and Milford.

While Sonic may seem like a contemporary throwback to the 1950s era of drive-in restaurants, Sonic was established 60 years ago, around 1954.

For the next week, the Bristol Sonic, located at 1379 Farmington Ave., will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. On May 12, the drive-in will be open from 7 a.m. until midnight every day.

More information about Connecticut’s Sonic drive-in restaurants is available at

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