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Apr 10, 2008 08:05 AM

Sonic-updates in MN?

Has anybody heard about Sonic supposedly opening up off of Suburban Ave. in St. Paul? I recall Jenkins mentioning it a while back in the Pi Press, but haven't heard a thing since.

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  1. I happen to drive by there every few weeks and have been kind of keeping an eye out for it but haven’t seen any sign of it yet. I think it’s supposed to be going in on the site of the old Taco Bell, (which is right next to the _new_ Taco Bell.....), but I’m not sure the deal was ever finalized.

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    1. re: Uncle Ira

      It is indeed going in at the old Taco Bell site. The construction trailer on the site now has a vivid orange "Sonic DI" hand-pained sign on it. Construction is underway, but very early on.

    2. Man! I can't want to buy some ice to chew! Takes me back.

      1. ooh! finally! Our very own Sonic! Those commercials on cable tv have been teasing me for years! This makes me happy.

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        1. re: exgirlfriend

          Temper those expectations. It's just another fast food joint, albeit with much slower service. Maybe a couple interesting items (none that I've found on several visits during cross-country trips) but I'm not sure why anyone would be excited about them coming to MSP.

          1. re: MSPD

            Chewable ice! I mean, it's ice you can chew! Also, the empty cups are perfect for sippin' syrup (syzurp, sizzurp, lean, purple, et al).

          1. re: mnxd9

            i just drove by this weekend! it's construction is complete! I litterally screamed when we drove by cause i had no idea is was in the works! It should be open SOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNN

            1. re: braceyourselves

              MSPD - There are some fast food joints that are worth having. I have to admit, I am totally for Sonic. Maybe it's just because it was something that I could get down while in FL or out in CO but not here? Like how people get excited for In N' Out Burger out of CA or something like that. I had in Vegas last year while visiting my sister-and you're right, it's not anything that is so totally amazing - but the fries (for fast food) were always crispy and the shakes (oh the shakes) were always good.

              1. re: snoboardbabe77

                I get the logic and I know how places can just hit a sweet spot that's more than just about the food. I'm glad people are excited (even though Sonic could rob business from deserving independent joints serving better food).

                I guess I wish Sonic and Culvers and Chick Fil A and Raising Cane's etc. did something for me but they don't. Incidentally, I think In N' Out is fine but not great. After I got over the hype, I don't mind that we don't have that here either.

                1. re: MSPD

                  Yes, it's mostly just nostalgia we're trying to fulfill. it's not the greatest food but just the memory of it. Like when the Long John Silver's in MOA opened, that was wonderful! And eveytime i go to Michigan i have to have Church's Chicken.

                  1. re: braceyourselves

                    If you are seriously looking for nostalgia drive out to Spring Park to the Minnetonka Drive-in. You won't be disappointed. If you want a double dose of nostalgia do it on a Thursday night and marvel at all the classic cars.

          2. Best news I've heard all spring! I grew up in Missouri where Sonics rule the scene. I think I know what I am doing this weekend...

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            1. re: SarahN

              MSPD -- I hope that Sonic doesn't take away business from anyone either. I don't think Connie's Creamy Cone will be affected--because no fast food chain could compare to her shakes. Truthfully, they don't do all that much for me either-but I'll take a Sonic any day over another Applebee's or Olive Garden.

              That area of St Paul needs help with non-chain places. It's apparent that a few of the chains couldn't make it (Krispy Kreme, and Baker's Square went out of business months ago), but the addition of Tea House in the strip mall will hopefully revive it, Leo's Chow Mein still remains in the Dayton's Bluff area and the Strip Club is getting decent reviews--all of which offer much better and non-comparable fare to that of Sonic, so I'm not worried. Also, I don't know if you ever went to Los Tejanos there before they closed-but they were actually a decent Mexican restaurant if you couldn't make it over to Lake Street or Concord St.

              1. re: SarahN

                MSPD - I am really hoping that the chowies (and their non-chowie friends) will realize how Sonic, etc. are nothing compared to the indie joints. For example, I was thinking the only true indie that might be hurt was Connie's Creamy Cone off Dale & Maryland, but I think it is far enough away, and I think that anyone whose experienced Connie's knows there is no comparison on shakes, etc.

                As for the other better restaurants in the area - I dont think that Sonic has anything to offer that would lure them away from the good places (The Strip Club, Leo's Chow Mein, Swede Hollow Cafe in Dayton's Bluff), the Tea House in the strip mall, etc. Everything else around there for the most part is fast food or chain restaurants (even Baker's Square and Krispy Kreme went out of business)...

                I don't love Sonic either--but it is about the fact that we do not have one (the one in Lakeville isn't open yet either, is it?) But I'll take a Sonic any day over another Applebee's or Olive Garden. Blegh.

                1. re: snoboardbabe77

                  Where in Lakeville are they building? I haven't seen it yet

                  1. re: snoboardbabe77

                    I don't think Creamy Cone needs to worry about Sonic as much as they need to worry about the fact they charge $3.00 for a very small handfull of Cheese Curds. Yes they serve the best shakes/malts and Smoothies but come on. I swear I got around 8 or 9 tiny little Cheese Curds my last visit. Shame on them.

                    1. re: EricShawnSmith

                      Conny's is only open for a few months a year! They have to make hay while the sun shines!


                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        When I drove by it said they were opening next week.

                        1. re: jenniegirl

                          Jenniegirl, you're replying regarding Sonic, not Conny's, right? Conny's has been open for the season for a couple of months now...