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Mar. 13, 2010 at 5:42pm

The Promise of Sonic

Drove by the proposed/supposed future location of a new Sonics yesterday just off Orchard on 6th Ave. and noticed the former Classy Casuals building has been razed. There instead is an empty dirt pad covered in straw. Check it out:

Though I don't really care much about fast food other than it's a business that wanted to locate in Tacoma, I'm happy to see the old place demoed since so many tags were appearing on its facade. But does this still mean a Sonic is coming with the path now clear? Will the spot be paved over? Or become a bikini barista?

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by Jesse on 3/13/2010 @ 7:24pm
At least now people may discover the kick-a** chinese food joint at the plaza behind where the old Classy Casuals were. Best honey walnut shrimp EVER... not to change the subject or anything.

But ya, I hear Sonic has good coney dogs. Hopefully it gets built. That IS suburbia... you gotta expect the chain places there you know.

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/13/2010 @ 7:56pm
Sonic... **barf**
Sorry, but if you think they have good food, you've clearly never eaten there.

It's also kinda sad seeing the last remnants of Godfather's Pizza gone. It wasn't the best pizza, but I do have a few fond childhood memories of going there. Eating out was a rare treat for my family.

by jenyum on 3/14/2010 @ 9:23am
I miss Godfather's also. Not that I could even eat the pizza, but the kids loved it and it was always an easy, inexpensive choice with a couple of video games they liked to play.

I guess it's a good thing if people get excited about coming to 6th Avenue to go to a restaurant (any restaurant) but I am so sick of burgers and fries.

by fredo on 3/14/2010 @ 9:36am
Welcome to the new economy.

People who can't get $17/hr jobs with the census bureau, $20/hr meter reader jobs with the city utilities, $28/hr teaching jobs with the school district, or $35/hr garbage truck driver jobs for the city can line up at Sonic and fight it out for those $8.55/hr. private sector jobs.

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/14/2010 @ 10:03pm
Hey, not all private sector jobs pay minimum wage. I totally saw an ad for one that pays $9/hr.

Sadly, I have members of my family who haven't worked in 18 and 7 months, respectively. They'd be willing to work at Sonic for $8.55 at this point.

Incidentally Fredo, the so-called "new economy" isn't long for this world. Eventually inverstors will stop buying your bonds when your debt is 110% or more of your GDP (federal or state). CA, NY, NJ and IL are almost there, with OR and WA speeding like a runaway Toyota towards that same cliff.

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/14/2010 @ 10:06pm
State and Federal debt levels are accelerating faster than a runaway Toyota.

HA! Now THAT'S an analogy for our times!
Remember folks, you saw it HERE FIRST.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 3/15/2010 @ 1:55am
Just how classy were those casuals if they were housed in a former Godfather's Pizza?

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/15/2010 @ 1:59am
If it smells like Canadian Bacon, who cares what it looks like.

$old!

by thriceallamerican on 3/15/2010 @ 10:34am
I think to fully appreciate the irony of this, we have to look at the history of the razed building. Before Classy Casuals, and before Godfather's Pi*z^2*a...yes, Busch's Drive-In restaurant.

Only in America would we raze a drive-in so we can build a drive-in.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 3/15/2010 @ 11:23am
thrice', this is so true and so sad. Tacoma has lost her soul for a Sonic. When Sonic first announced the location I thought it was brilliant until they tore down the building and the covered parking which would have been perfect. I wonder if the corporate office even saw the site when they purchased it it.

by fredo on 3/15/2010 @ 12:07pm
Those Sonic owners are probably only interested in making a profit. To make that profit they will undoubtedly be interested in hiring people for minimum wage, in effect turning them into slave laborers. Why can't business owners in the private sector realize that people need family wage jobs?

by KevinFreitas on 3/15/2010 @ 12:32pm
Wow, give it a rest fredo. I appreciate your concern for fair wages but must it lace every conversation even remotely related to business that comes up? Are there any businesses you think do a great job with wages that aren't trying to enslave humanity?

@Crenshaw: Agreed that we've lost of taste for Sonic a bit. This is a really weird corner of town, too, imho. The parking lot for that Kmart is massssssive and nearly always completely dead. Then you have the weird plaza across the street with mostly thrift-focused shops. Dunno... gives me the creeps.

by Altered Chords on 3/15/2010 @ 12:54pm
The Sonic owners are interested in clogging your arteries too Fredo. It's all an evil plot. They are evildoers.

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/15/2010 @ 1:07pm
Fredo is no fool and knows darn well that private enterprise is always for-profit. If not for the incentive of profit, why would anyone ever want to deal with the hassle?

Just like he also knows that the market demands cheap food, and that cheap food can only be obtained by mass production, low overhead and government subsidies.

Fredo also understands that fast-food and other minimum wage jobs aren't intended to support a family with. Those types of jobs (in normal economic times) are usually filled by people without a spouse, kids, mortgage, etc to cover.

I've said this for a long time and I'll say it again:
If you want a decent job with decent pay and a decent future, learn a trade.

Or better yet. Instead of being abused and enslaved by private enterprise businesses, start your own company and be "The Man" instead of working for him.

by NineInchNachos on 3/15/2010 @ 2:09pm
I like hamburgers. That's why I only eat quality Herman's burgers with homemade buns and oh so creamy cucumber sauce.

Steak fries are yummy too.

by Altered Chords on 3/16/2010 @ 12:30pm
You make your own buns at home and bring them to Herman's?

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2010 @ 12:50pm
Herman's make their own buns. I think they would frown upon bringing your own.

by Altered Chords on 3/16/2010 @ 3:13pm
Do they make their mayo, ketchup and mustard in house too?

by KevinFreitas on 5/3/2010 @ 7:33am
There's activity over on the spot where Sonic is suppose to be going in. Heavy machinery and such:



Hopefully this is progress toward a new occupied space rather than an empty parking lot.

by Jesse on 5/3/2010 @ 4:58pm
Fredo: Actually, I heard that managers at these places make in the 40k-50k range. No?

You can't even enslave everyone at Sonic!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 5/3/2010 @ 6:43pm
I've done plenty of bankruptcies for managers in the fast food industry. I can tell you they may make good money on paper but many of them are working 12-16 hours a day, seven days a week. The hourly rate is not so good. 40k a year sounds good but if you are averaging 13 hours a day, seven days a week we are not talking a lot better than minimum wage.

by fredo on 5/3/2010 @ 10:49pm
I doubt if people go to work in the hamburger stand industry to get rich. For a lot of these people this is payback for screwing around in high school. If you want to get rich, get a degree in engineering, medicine, or get a job driving a garbage truck.

But food service work might be fun for a while.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkP0tCLHPb4&feat...

by KevinFreitas on 5/21/2010 @ 7:09am
And we have framing! Looks like crews are now building up the frame of the promised Sonic. Check it out:



by KevinFreitas on 6/16/2010 @ 6:56am
Here's a progress update photo:



by L.S.Erhardt on 6/16/2010 @ 11:36am
looks just like the shape of Carls JR over by the 6th & Pearl Safeway.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 6/16/2010 @ 3:58pm
It is ironic that a real honest drive in restaurant was torn down to build this monstrosity in its place. The old structure was perfect and I thought that is what Sonic bought it in the first place. Apparently they have the sense to save a little bit of Tacoma's history.

by KevinFreitas on 7/8/2010 @ 7:33pm
More photos of the new space -- looking like a real drive-in now with the covered spots. Fancy rain-proof entry area too!





by L.S.Erhardt on 7/8/2010 @ 11:22pm
It looks corporate.
But being the only one around for many miles, it's a novelty. All in all, not bad, considering.

TO'T's FUN FACT: according to Sonic, there are 4 locations in WA, 5 including this unfinished one. One in Yakima, one in Wenatchee, one in Puyallup, one in Bonney Lake and the one to open in T-Town.

With 3/5 (60%) of Sonics in the State, apparently the 253 is some kind of burger magnet...

by jenyum on 7/8/2010 @ 11:33pm
Highest obesity rate in the state! Go 253.

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