Sonic Drive-In

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The Sonic Drive-In #4 is a fast food restaurant located on the northwest corner of Tiger Boulevard and College Avenue. It was built on the former location of Death Valley Exxon in 2006. It opened for business on December 19, 2006. It features a traditional drive-in menu and offers car hop service, a drive-through window, and outdoor tables on the east side of the building.

It offers 50 cent burgers from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Drinks are half-price from 2-5 p.m. daily. It has nine items on its dollar menu. It stays open until 1 a.m.

The Sonic chain had its beginnings in Shawnee, Oklahoma in 1953 when founder Troy N. Smith, Sr. opened the Top Hat Drive-In on his restaurant property. The first franchise location in Woodward, Oklahoma in 1956. By 1958, two more drive-ins were built in Enid and Stillwater, Oklahoma. The company expanded considerably in the 1960s and 1970s.

Upon learning that the Top Hat name was already trademarked, Smith and Pappe changed the name to Sonic. The new name worked with their existing slogan "Service with the Speed of Sound". After the name change, the first Sonic sign was installed at the former Top-Hat Drive-In Stillwater. Because the first Sonic sign was installed there, the Stillwater location has been considered to be the first Sonic Drive-In; the original sign can still be seen in Stillwater.


Sonic Drive-In No. 4
1075 Tiger Boulevard
Clemson, South Carolina 29631-1416

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