NEWBERRY — Sonic of Newberry on Wilson Road has officially opened its doors for its new indoor dining room. Owner Mac Bell, along with Newberry Chamber of Commerce, held the ribbon cutting Monday morning.
Bell said this Sonic will be the prototype for the future of the brand’s dining. So far, there are approximately, 4,500 restaurants with no dining room, according to Bell. Because the brand has no dining room, they hope to reconstruct the brand.
Newberry’s Sonic was the first in a franchise of about 85 restaurants to make the change, which Bell said he hopes will be the first of many across the nation.
The new dining room, which seats about 60 customers, has two LazyBoy recliners, and indoor/outdoor fireplace, flat screen televisions, as well as a Charleston patio to accommodate outdoor seating with rocking chairs. Electrical outlets can also be found at each set of tables.
“We’ve got tiled floors and unique inside decor,” Bell said. “You must come see it to understand.”
Bell’s interest in wanting an indoor dining room is unique. He and his wife, Cynthia, met at the indoor dining room at Applebee’s.
“I’ve always wanted a dining room. I’m thrilled this is here,” Bell said.
Sonic’s new dining room will have different hours from the 24-hour drive-thru currently available to customers. They will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to noon, according to Bell.
Mayor Foster Senn said the dining room at Sonic was a nice addition to Newberry.
“Sonic has great food and service,” Senn said. “It’s very impressive. It will be a fun place to eat. Mac and Cynthia Bell give back to the community, and are outstanding corporate citizens.”
Metts Construction of Columbia was responsible for the construction of the dining facility, but local subcontractors were used, according to Bell.
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108.