A popular national drive-in chain will open a Dubuque location in November, officials announced Tuesday.
Sonic Drive-In will open along the frontage road that runs parallel to Dodge Street in Plaza 20, 2600 Dodge St., according to a press release from the shopping center. The new eatery will be built near Harbor Freight Tools.
Sonic is a quick-service, drive-in restaurant with more than 3,600 locations nationwide.
Sarah Kahle Hutchinson, vice president of Plaza 20 Inc., said a lease agreement with franchisee Luke Flatin has been signed. Flatin owns four other Midwest Sonic locations.
The Dubuque restaurant will feature traditional carhops, dine-in seating, a double drive-through and an outdoor patio, according to Plaza 20 Inc.
Flatin recently announced more details on the local location as well. He said the dine-in area would seat 66 people and that the patio would be heated, covered and capable of seating 30.
Flatin told the Telegraph Herald that no firm date has been set for construction to begin. He said dozens of “crew members” will be hired ahead of the eatery’s opening.
“We’re moving about 14 total people down from Nebraska and Kansas to Dubuque (to work at the store), and we’re going to try to hire about 60 additional people,” Flatin said.
Officials in the City of Dubuque Building Services and Planning and Zoning departments said no applications or site plans for the project have been filed yet.