Providing Service at the Speed of Sound™ since 1953.
In 1953, the prototype of the first SONIC® Drive-In® opened in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Back then, SONIC revolutionized the ordering process by using curbside speakers that allowed customers to place food orders without ever leaving their cars. This technology spawned the slogan “Service at the Speed of Sound™,” which translated to one word: SONIC. Troy Smith Sr. aptly changed the name from Top Hat to SONIC Drive-In in 1959.
With a dynamic history, SONIC surges forward while specializing in fresh, made-to-order meals that you can’t get anywhere else. SONIC’s menu is unique, just like the 3 million customers who order from our drive-ins each day.
SONIC Drive-In Manager and Volunteer Firefighter Named Citizen of the Year“What I can do to make someone’s day better, I do it.” - Jaime Hernandez, SONIC manager