Rhode Island’s first Sonic opens

By News Staff


Long lines in Smithfield Monday as the state’s first Sonic drive–in opens in Rhode Island.

After months of waiting, eager customers packed the restaurant and cars crowded the lot at the new restaurant, located at 393 Putnam Pike, by Route 44.

“My son has been counting down the days, we’ve been watching it go up and we’ve been waiting anxiously,” said Maura Smith, of Smithfield.

“I’ve been to the ones in Florida and it’s one of my favorite places, so I’m excited we have one here now,” said Ciana Ardente, of Johnston.

Sonic expects to open two additional restaurants in Rhode Island in the next few years and another 20 down the road.

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