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SONIC Discusses Possible Drive-In Along Route 119 In Greenburgh

Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner discussed the possibility of opening a Sonic restaurant on Route 119.
Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner discussed the possibility of opening a Sonic restaurant on Route 119. Photo Credit: File

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Greenburgh Town Board recently met with representatives of SONIC, a national chain of drive-in restaurants that has more than 3,500 restaurants around the nation.

They want to open a restaurant at the site of the former Greenburgh Neighborhood Health Center on Route 119. The Health Center moved to a new building on Knollwood Road. The building has been vacant ever since.

This will be their first Westchester store. Customers park in their drive in stalls, each with its own menu board and place their order, which is delivered to their cars by skating carhops (they provide safety training for carhops). All the orders are packaged to go but customers are welcome to stay and eat in their cars or on site.

The menu is broad — burgers, hot dogs, chicken, cheese steaks, fries, over a million drink combinations, burritos, and more. This will require a zoning change. The current building (old Health Center) will be demolished.

Advantages of the restaurant include generating more business for stores along the Route 119 corridor and reduce vacancies; it's within walking distance from the Theodore Young Community Center; it will provide a more attractive landscaping, since the existing building will be demolished; there will be additional jobs for youth; and the restaurant is a fun, new place for individuals to eat.

This was an initial meeting with representatives of SONIC (possible franchise owner). They meet with the board to determine if there was support for a zone change. A formal proposal has yet to be received.

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