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Sonic Drive-In


Reduced size

Here's a size reduction to get the set to fit on a 32x32 baseplate.


More SONIC Info!

-Sonic announced that they would begin switching to cage-free eggs, gestation crate-free pork, and chickens killed using controlled-atmosphere stunning methods instead of traditional shackling and water-stunning.

-Sonic reformulated its soft-serve ice cream to meet the FDA guidelines that define what constitutes real ice cream and introduced Real Ice Cream. 

-Several new hot dog items were also introduced.

Inspire Brands, owner of Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings, announced that it was buying Sonic Drive-In for $2.3 billion.

Sonic opened its first location in Alaska in Wasilla, and a year later it opened its second Alaska location in Fairbanks.

Sonic unveiled a new drive-in design with an updated, wider layout for car docks and the drive-thru lane, a new kitchen layout built for efficiency, and an aesthetic makeover.


More angles

Different views with the pavilions:


Major update!

Here is the complete set with pavilions, a second car and a fifth minifigure!



Here's the pavilion by itself:


Pavilion Bench

I've been working on a relativly "major" update that makes the restaurant more complete.  Many SONIC restaurants have outside benches under a pavilion so I decided to add that to the set.  Below is a little teaser of the bench I designed for it:

The pavilion(s) add(s) ~350 pieces to the set.  The updated set will have exactly 1,525 pieces.


14 Facts!

Back in the day, drive-in restaurants were a dime a dozen. But they’ve mostly gone the way of the drive-in movie theater, with one notable exception: Sonic Drive-In. As the biggest chain of drive-in restaurants still in existence, Sonic serves 3 million customers across 45 states every day. Even if you're a loyal consumer of cherry limeades, here are a few facts you probably didn't know about "America's favorite drive-in."

1. SONIC was originally a root beer stand.

Restaurant founder Troy Smith tried his hand at running a number of restaurants, from diners and steakhouses to a root beer stand in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He outfitted the root beer stand with a car-to-kitchen intercom system after discovering a similar setup at a restaurant along the Texas-Louisiana border. It didn’t take him long to realize that the stand was consistently outperforming all of his other restaurants, turning a 20 percent profit on a regular basis. (There’s always money in the root beer stand.) So, in 1953, Smith ditched the other places and focused all of his attention on the root beer business.

2. SONIC could have been called "Top Hat" instead.

"Top Hat" was the name of the root beer stand, which Smith wanted to keep when he decided to expand. Unfortunately, his lawyers discovered that the phrase had already been trademarked and advised him to come up with something else.

3. The name "SONIC" refers to its speediness.

The alternative name Smith and business partner Charles Pappe came up with was directly related to the Top Hat tagline they developed to promote the quick ordering process made possible by the intercom system. That slogan? “Service with the Speed of Sound.” The first drive-in officially dubbed Sonic opened in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1959.

4. The first franchise agreement included an unusual stipulation. 

Instead of charging a flat fee, Sonic’s first formal franchise agreement gave Smith and Pappe a penny for every logo-stamped paper hamburger bag that was used.

5. SONIC and Dr. Pepper team up to host an annual carhop competition. 

The winner receives $1000 and an all-expense-paid trip to the annual Sonic National Convention.

6. Cherry Limeades are one of SONIC's best-selling products. 

In one year, Sonic sells enough of the delicious drinks to fill more than 15 Olympic sized swimming pools.

7. Frankie Avalon was once the company spokesman. 

Playing to their nostalgic image, Sonic recruited former teen idol Frankie Avalon as their spokesperson in the late ‘80s and early '90s.

These days, the company has turned to Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant for celebrity endorsement—specifically, to push their new line of slushes studded with candy pieces.

8. The company says it offers 168,894 drink combinations. 

If Durant gets tired of adding Jolly Ranchers and Nerds to his drinks, he has plenty of other options available. In fact, even though Sonic advertises 168,894 combos, the Wall Street Journal found even more—688,133.

9. Some of the best flavor combos are employee-submitted. 

In 2011, Sonic corporate asked employees to concoct and submit drink combinations and names that weren’t officially on the menu. They received more than 600 entries, from Blue Hawaiian (Sprite with blue coconut flavoring and real pineapple) to Strawberry Shortcake (Sprite with vanilla flavoring, sweet cream, and real strawberries).

10. The SONIC headquarters in Oklahoma City features a test kitchen. 

The 10-person test kitchen works to invent new menu items and perfect old ones. The test kitchen staff also runs the employee cafeteria. "We want the employees to try the food and be ambassadors for the food," Chef Claes Petersson has said.

11. You can get beer at SONIC Beach. 

If you live in Florida, you may have come across Sonic Beach. Intended to "capture the South Florida essence," Sonic Beach has a patio area, 60” LED flat screen TVs, a sand beach area—and alcohol. They're the only Sonic locations that offer beer, wine, and even Dom Perignon.

12. Some SONIC locations offer adult playgrounds. 

If you’re not near a Sonic Beach, don’t worry—there’s probably still some fun to be had at your local restaurant. In hopes of providing the adult equivalent of a ball pit, many Sonics offer batting cages, volleyball courts, playgrounds, and more.

13. The two deadpan men in the Snoic commericals are actually improv actors and writers.

Peter Grosz wrote for The Colbert Report for three years and currently writes for Late Night with Seth Meyers, while T.J. Jagodowski is a Second City alum who has had roles in the movies Stranger Than FictionOz the Great and Powerful, and Get Hard.

14. No SONIC in your area yet? There probably will be. 

In 2014, the company announced plans to add 1000 restaurants in the next 10 years, including an additional 300 in California alone.  There are currently ~3,500 restaurants in 44 states.


Drive-In Stand

Here's one of the original Sonic Drive-In stands to order food!



Here's another sign update; I like this one a lot more than the previous version.  There are two slightly different versions, where I changed the "o" and the "n".  The one on the left protrudes more, but it gives "clearer" letters.


More practical Roof

Here's another roof comparison of simple roof tiles vs. the window pieces.  Chances are, LEGO won't make solid yellow car windows so the roof tiles are a more practical approach.

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