When Sonic Drive-in was rejected by the Hempstead Town Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), residents against the project have voiced concerns with traffic, garbage and parking as primary concerns against bringing the fast-food restaurant to East Meadow.
Now, Sonic officials are working on a new plan to get the eatery to the former Rita's location on Hempstead Turnpike, and they told Patch that details will be available soon.
Spencer Hart, the franchisee who also owns the North Babylon location, sought approval last year for eight variance applications. These included special exceptions to install a drive-thru window and use a portion of the premise for outdoor dining, as well as variances for off-street parking.
Additionally, they were asking for permission to install 24 menu board signs under two proposed canopies, install a drive-thru preview menu and regular menu board and install a speaker and confirmation screen system for the drive-thru.
We want to know. What do you think needs to be in the plan to change the BZA's minds? Tell us in the comments section below.