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CEMCO Discusses Potential of Sonic in East Meadow [POLL]

Nothing is set in stone, but Sonic may be considering an East Meadow location.

At last week's Council of East Meadow Community Organizations (CEMCO) meeting, Elizabeth Fries, CEMCO's corresponding secretary, shared that she heard from a co-owner of Aura that there's a possibility of Sonic opening where Rita's Ices once stood.

CEMCO officers and residents shared an initial hesitation. Parking is already tight, especially if the new establishment were to operate as the typical Sonic drive-up location.

"I work near the Deer Park location," East Meadow resident Bill Alderman said. "If you go down Deer Park Avenue, it's bumper-to-bumper still. If that were to come here, it would be a disaster."

CEMCO President Joseph Parisi agreed, but said it's important to keep an open mind until the entire proposal is made clear.

"We need to get the facts," Parisi said. "If it were going to be as we're describing with multiple drive-thru services, it would not work and we all know that, but we need to hear the proposal and have an exchange of ideas."

Parisi also added that Sonic could potentially bring in jobs and business to the community, and in this economy, "that's important."

Fries ended the discussion by saying that nothing has been set in stone, and the community will be updated as more information comes in.

In January, Sonic denied that there was interest in an East Meadow location.

“At this point in time we do not have anything planned or in the works for East Meadow,” Sonic Representative Becky Rickard told Patch.

Michael Ganci contributed to this story.

paul November 30, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Somewhat.....
paul December 02, 2011 at 03:47 AM
Bill, please see the definition of pristine: pris·tine [pris-teen, pri-steen; especially Brit. pris-tahyn] adjective 1. having its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied. 2. of or pertaining to the earliest period or state; primitive. You are kidding me right? I think you are drinking the ground water.....
Strug Lynn December 02, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Hey, you get a great value for your dollar and a quick and professional haircut (and a hot towel) in that "barber shop that also buys and sells jewelry and plays dice in the back". Pick on someone else.
paul January 25, 2012 at 04:12 PM
To those that appear concerned in a negative way about Sonic, I have uploaded a picture of their business model. That is why they are trying to obtain variances. It will be a nice sprawling location. If it works it will only create an upswing in other local businesses in the shopping center.
paul October 06, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Found this on the TOH website... 951/12. - 954/12. EAST MEADOW - Callahan's Restaurant Corp., Special exception to use part of premises for place of public assembly & amusement (cabaret, live music-indoors & dancing); Special exception for outdoor dining & special exception for accessory use (outdoor bar & storage); Variance in off-street parking; Maintain 10' high fence., S/E cor. Hempstead Tpke. & East Meadow Ave., a/k/a 1964 Hempstead Tpke. (S.E.Q.R. determination not made).... I am sure the TOH will deny this request too. As they should..... Sonic Billy Deans etc.....

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