Arkadelphia Sonic to reopen in March

The marquee outside Sonic Drive-In of Arkadelphia currently reads “Closed,” but not for long, according to a minority partner who said the popular restaurant will re-open sometime this month. | Leslie Kent/The Arkadelphian

By JOEL PHELPS | The Arkadelphian

Arkadelphia’s Sonic Drive-In will re-open by the end of March, a franchisee partner announced Wednesday, March 1. 

“We’re working on a plan to get the drive-in back open,” said Thomas Collins, operations for an Oklahoma-based Sonic franchisee. “Our goal is to have it open by the end of March.”

The popular eatery and hangout spot has been closed since early February. News of its closing spread like chili and cheese on a quarter-pound coney, as an article first published on this website received tens of thousands of views. Several saddened loyal customers — students at nearby Ouachita Baptist University — would later talk to Little Rock news station KATV about their love for Sonic.

“We want to right the ship,” Collins said in a telephone interview Wednesday morning. “Our goal is get get back and become engrained in the community like we always have been. Arkadelphia has always supported us and we’ll support them going forward.”

Collins said all crew members affected by the closure will be invited to rejoin the team.

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