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Former Sonic will reopen in Martinez

Posted: July 26, 2013 - 8:27am  |  Updated: July 26, 2013 - 10:25am

A Sonic Drive-In-turned-barbecue restaurant in Martinez is changing back.

Sonic will reopen at 498 Furys Ferry Road in early August under new management. The chain drive-in restaurant closed Dec. 31.

The new franchisee, Mark Irvin, operates a dozen other Sonic s across the metro Augusta area, said his daughter and marketing coordinator, Jessica Irvin.

“The rest of the Sonics have been hugely successful here,” she said.

The Martinez restaurant is the only local Sonic to feature an indoor dining room that can accommodate 50 customers. The interior space has undergone a remodeling and is completely separate from the kitchen, Irvin said.

“We’re trying to revamp what we’re about at Sonic,” she said.

The Martinez Sonic was run by Rick McMurtrey for about five years. In January, McMurtrey opened a barbecue restaurant, called Roadhouse Rib Palace, in its spot. The Rib Palace closed after just a few months.

The Furys Ferry Road Sonic differed from other local Sonics in that it didn’t have the traditional drive-in setup. Instead, it just offered customers a sit-down dining area and drive-through window.

In an effort to bring back the traditional drive-in experience offered at other Sonics, it will have nine drive-in stalls on one side of the lot, Irvin said.

“A carhop will bring out the food even if you are eating indoors,” she said.

The new restaurant will employ from 20 to 25 people.

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Just My Opinion

Sorry to see the barbeque

Sorry to see the barbeque place close, but I wasn't exactly surprised it did. Barbeque is one of those foods that people either like the type you serve, or they don't. I guess the majority of folks just didn't like it. I knew they were on their way out when I tried one of their baked potatoes with barbeque mixed in it, and their was very little meat in there!
As far as the Sonic is concerned, I actually liked the dining room area of this location. One reason is because I just don't like the idea of having to tip a kid to bring out the burger to me! I mean, I know it's their job, but tipping for a run-of-the-mill burger and fries?? However, I guess this new owner has taken that option away from me.


I agree JMO

It frosts my rump to tip in a drive through. I mentioned it to the manager at the window one time and he told me that at the stores that don't have a window, tips are not expected. I call BS,as the girls will stand around for a couple of seconds after bringing out your food. If tips are not expected, make it clear up front.


Clean it first!

Both Sonic and the BBQ place were dirty and the employees were on their phone or visiting their girlfriends at the ONLY clean table. Ladies room never clean. Service bad and often rude. I hope they are spending all of this time cleaning and new management will train new employees When they removed outside order option and forced us into the dirty interior they lost my family. I was not alone in my opinion.