SEBASTIAN — A new restaurant has set its sights on the City of Sebastian and has plans to hire more than 100 residents once opened.
Sonic America’s Drive-In is slated to move in north of the St. Sebastian Catholic Church, south of Shady Rest Mobile Home Park on US 1. The franchise owner, Michael Kinzley, closed on the property’s purchase last week and plans to have the restaurant open and ready for hungry customers sometime next summer.
Diners can pull into any number of drive-in slots, order from their car window and a skating car hop will deliver the food, which is part of what sets the fast food restaurant apart from others in the area.
Kinzley, who owns the Vero Beach Sonic Drive-In, said that the Sebastian location is expected to be very similar to that of the southern eatery. The Vero Beach drive-in is considered the “flagship” store.
Provided that the Sebastian site is developed much as the Vero Beach one, General Manager James Morgan said they would anticipate hiring 110-plus locals to man the restaurant.
The Vero Beach restaurant, which opened in August, currently employs 116 people, all but two with Vero Beach addresses, according to Kinzley.
“We’re doing our best to spur the job growth and the economy,” he said.