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Another Sonic in Columbus on Olentangy River Road

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The Lantern wrote Popular drive-in restaurant comes to Olentangy

Matt Hancharick

Issue date: 10/14/08

Soon, students can add another restaurant to their checklist of places to eat. A new Sonic Drive-In is under construction on Olentangy River Road, and will open its doors 6 a.m. Oct. 27.

Sonic is a drive-in food chain where customers can pull up to a parking spot, choose their meal at an order station and have a bell-hop in roller skates bring each order on a tray. There is also a drive-thru and patio seating.

The new Sonic will be the ninth to open in the Columbus area in the past 18 months.

At the new location, the drive-in has been customized to represent an OSU atmosphere. Hillwertz said the structure’s support poles are usually painted green, but are scarlet to represent OSU colors. Instead of yellow, red and blue alternating outfits, employees wear a scarlet shirt and an official OSU hat.


It’s on Olentangy River Rd, just south of North Broadway, just next door to El Vaquero. I hadn’t heard this was coming, but I drove past today, and it looks like it’s pretty close to being open. Still not right in my ‘hood, but closer than Grove City, Whitehall, or Polaris.

I still hold out hope Sonic will decide to set up shop on the old hotel site at Dublin and Grandview, right down the street from my office…

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