NEWBERRY — Newberry’s Sonic Drive In, located at 1624 Wilson Road in Newberry, will soon be one of the first of its kind to provide an indoor dining option to their customers.
According to Mac Bell, owner of the Newberry restaurant, this Sonic will be the prototype for the future of the brand’s dining.
“There are 4,500 restaurants with no dining room,” Bell said. “The brand has no dining room, so we have to reconstruct the brand.”
Bell said he hopes this will be the first of many Sonic dining rooms across the nation. Newberry’s Sonic will be the first in a franchise of about 85 restaurants to make the change.
“If we’re successful, it will be something that will spread all across the nation,” Bell said.
The indoor dining area will be taking the place of the outdoor sitting that was directly in front of the restaurant. Bell said a Charleston patio will also be constructed in the future for more outdoor seating.
Metts Construction of Columbia is constructing the new indoor dining facility, and local subcontractors are being used, according to Bell who says they are trying to buy supplies locally, such as the plywood purchased from Willingham & Sons Building Supplies.
Bell believes the new indoor dining option will be something customers will really enjoy, such as when the weather is cold or raining. The indoor dining will have big screen televisions, an indoor fireplace, as well as chairs and booths for customers to enjoy.
Bell said there will be seating for 42 people indoors, as well as the additional seating already in place outdoors. Because this is a prototype, Bell said the construction might take longer than normal, but hopes the addition will be complete within two to four weeks.
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