Sonic Eyes East Meadow Location [POLL]

Hempstead Town officials confirm the fast food restaurant's application for building permits.

After months of into whether the popular fast food chain Sonic would plant roots in East Meadow, Hempstead Town officials have confirmed that building permits have been filed.

"They do have an application in with the Board of Zoning Appeals," according to Press Secretary Susan Trenkle-Pokalsky.

The proposed location, which would be the first in Nassau County, is where Rita's Ice once stood. Sonic has submitted eight applications for the proposed location, including a special exception for a drive-thru, special exception for partial-outdoor dining and variance for off-street parking. Additionally, Sonic is seeking to install 24 menu board signs, a preview menu board sign, a menu board sign at the drive-thru and a speaker and confirmation board at the drive-thru.

These applications will be discussed at a public hearing slated for Jan. 11, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in the Hempstead Town Pavillion.

A public relations representative for Sonic would only confirm that they are "looking at East Meadow."

"We don’t yet have final details on everything," Anita Strohm of Barkley U.S. said.

Sonic stands out in the fast food industry by offering customers curbside ordering and dining. A carhop - usually on roller skates - brings the food directly to patrons' car windows. The only other Sonic location on Long Island is located at 1380 Deer Park Ave. in North Babylon.

Bill Alderman December 29, 2011 at 02:56 PM
I agree with you Linda whole heartedly. Hempstead Turnpike is already called "Death's Alley" by the media. It is considered one of the most dangerous stretches of roadway in the EAST. The traffic would block EM Ave and access to and from the park. It would exacerbate an already hazardous situation. Wouldn't the Sims/Filene's lot be a better location? Or maybe they could take over the old Pearl paint locaton and forgo the roller skating stall design, like they do in Pennsylvania. A Sonic resaturant like a Jake' Wayback would be nice. I would love East Meadow to be their new home. A compromise needs to be reached. Left unchecked this will have alot of negatives and may be more hurtful to the community than beneficial.
Nicole January 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Yes more jobs is a plus
Colleen Ann January 25, 2012 at 09:56 PM
An open business is better than a shuttered one. Period. The traffic can be routed through the huge empty parking lot in front of the Pearl Paint building that's been closed for 10 years and doesn't see any hope of reopening anytime soon. You're not going to see the traffic like you did on DPA because that one was the "first on LI" and there was all that hoopla for like a week. To all of those people complaining about obesity? Please. People are going to eat unhealthy food weather its in this town or the next. Availability isn't the problem, making healthy choices is the problem. You can go to the diner across the street and order a cheeseburger deluxe with a pound of fries. You think that's healthy? If you eat it more than "on occasion" like you're supposed to, that's YOUR fault. Take responsibility for yourself and let these people make money, pay taxes and give HS kids jobs. Jeez.
paul February 23, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Everybody - You can also sign up online for the "SONIC CRUISERS CLUB". Get a head start on receiving the Sonic newsletter, promotions and coupons sent right to your email. Since its next stop may be East Meadow you might as well be prepared! http://www.sonicdrivein.com/login/cruisers.jsp
Amanda April 11, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Went to Sonic in North Babylon today. It was great! The old Ritas location would be perfect and Sonic would be a great addition to East Meadow. Town of Hempstead really screwed this one up.


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