Tahlequah Daily Press

January 11, 2013

Water issue closes Sonic

Staff Writer

— Tahlequah’s Sonic Drive-In location was closed for a couple of days due to water problems, a spokeswoman confirmed.

Several readers called the Daily Press Wednesday morning to ask why the popular local fast-food restaurant was no longer open. Some feared the closure could be permanent.

But Co-Manager Casey Vance said the closure was only temporary, and was ordered to address water issues to ensure customer safety.

She said that the drive-in location closed sometime during the afternoon of Jan. 9 to repair a hot water source.

“Our reason for closing [on Wednesday] is for food safety. We have to have hot water,” she said. “That’s why we closed, to ensure the safety of our customers.”

Vance said she anticipated the drive-in restaurant to reopen for regular business “sometime” on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Contact with Sonic’s corporate offices confirmed the situation, as press release information stated: “As always, Sonic’s first priority is the safety of its guests and complying with local health departments, as well as Sonic’s requirements that establishments do not operate without hot water.”